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Police kill three robbers planning to attack plane




THREE suspected armed robbers were on Monday shot dead by the police during a shootout at the UTC Junction in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
One of the hoodlums, who escaped being shot by a special intelligence team from the Inspector-General of Police, said they had planned to attack a plane belonging to Arik Air.
It was gathered that the shootout, which occurred at about 10am, caused confusion in the area.
An eyewitness told our correspondent that some motorists scampered for safety as police and armed robbers engaged one another in a gun battle.
It was also learnt that the suspects, who were in one vehicle, were forced to stop by the traffic light as they queued behind other vehicles waiting for the green light.
One of the suspects, according to the eyewitness, came out of the car and opened fire at some policemen around the place.
The policemen were said to have recognised where the gunshot came from and directed their attention to the place.
It was gathered that efforts made by the armed robbers to escape proved futile as three of them were gunned down, while the last of the four-man gang sustained injuries.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident, adding that the IGP Intelligence Team had intercepted the armed robbers after a tip-off.

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