Nigeria police have confirmed that 14 bandits were killed in a gun duel following an attempted attack on a station in the Katsina-Ala area of the state on Sunday, June 20.
The Benue State police spokesperson, Catherine Anene, in a statement said the attackers numbering up to 50, attacked the station in the early hours on Sunday to rescue some of their members arrested and detained on Saturday.
She said the officers on duty, however, repelled the attack, killing 14 of them.
“On 19th June 2021, five bandits were arrested and detained at Kastina-Ala Police Division for investigation and prosecution,” she said.
“On 20th June 2021 at about 0130 hrs more than 50 other gang members of the detainees mobilized and invaded the police station to rescue their counterparts.
“Officers at the division who were already at alert engaged them in a gun duel and were able to subdue the bandits.
“Fourteen of them were brought down during the exchange of fire, while several others escaped with gunshot injuries.”
Anene said the command has launched a series of operations to rid of criminal elements in the LGA.