A police inspector and one kidnapper were killed in a gun battle when suspected herdsmen attempted to abduct two foreign miners in Osun.

It was gathered the incident which happened at Aruwa village via Ifewara community in Atakunmonsa West Local Government Area of Osun state led to arrest of four suspected kidnappers.

It was learnt the kidnappers laid ambush for the vehicles of two foreign miners with three security details, including two inspectors and one sergeant coming from night duty at a mining site in Aruwa village around 7:05am on Sunday.

A security source who confirmed the incident said that the kidnappers opened fire on the vehicles with the policemen inside.

The source said: “One inspector was shot dead while the two other policemen engaged the kidnappers in gun battle. One of the kidnappers was also killed. The AK-47 with breech no: 97698 used by the kidnapper was recovered with 54 rounds of life ammunition. But they(kidnapers) took the ammunition of the late inspector away.”

Police Spokeperson of Osun Police command, Yemisi Opalola confirmed the incident.

She said: “The Divisional Police Officer of Ifewara promptly mobilised combined team of police detectives and vigilante group to the scene, four Fulani suspects were arrested. We have deposited two corpses to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Ilesha morgue for autopsy investigation.”


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