Gunmen suspected to armed robbers have engaged Police operatives in gunbattle in Delta state.
Five armed robbers have been killed during the shootout with the police.
The incident was confirmed by Police Public Relations Officer of the State command, Mr. Bright Edafe in a statement made available to Journalists on Monday.
He said the hoodlums died while being taken to hospital.
The statement read: “On 01/07/2022, Operatives attached to ‘B’ Division Warri surveillance team while on patrol along lower Erejuwa Street in Warri, received a distress call, that suspected armed robbery gang were terrorizing Igbudu market/old welfare.
“The team, acting on this distress, moved to the scene where the hoodlums on sighting the police took to their heels, and the team went after them.
“Somewhere around old welfare road, the hoodlums went into a gun duel with the Operatives, but could not withstand the superior firepower of the police.
“During the gun duel, five of the hoodlums sustained serious gunshot injuries while, two locally made cut-to-size single barrel guns, three rounds of expended cartridges, three rounds of live cartridges and one dagger were recovered from them.
“The injured suspects gave up the ghost while they were being taken to the hospital. Investigation in ongoing.”