The Nigeria Police have confirmed that four of their personnel have been killed and one other kidnapped in an ambush on a police convoy by bandits along Birnin-Gwari Funtua Highway in Kano.
A total of 16 officers were attacked in the ambush which happened last Friday, according to a press release issued by police spokesman, CP Frank Mba.
The officers, who are attached to Operation Puff Adder, were deployed to Niger State in the sustained operation to tackle incidents of banditry, kidnapping, and other violent crimes in the area.
The officers were heading back to their base in Kano after the completion of their special duty when they were ambushed.
Mba said on Sunday that a fierce gun-battle ensued, leading to the death of the four officers whose names were not disclosed.
He added that contrary to unconfirmed reports in some sections of the media stating that 18 officers were kidnapped, only 16 were attacked and they repelled the attack “accordingly and neutralized the bandits in their tens while many of the bandits scampered into the bush with gunshot injuries.”
He revealed that the bodies and firearms of the fallen policemen have been recovered while efforts are being intensified to rescue the officer still missing.