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Five Robbers Killed In Police Shootout In Cross River

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No fewer than five suspected armed robbers were on Saturday killed after a bloody shootout with the police in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State.
Several other suspects were said to have escaped with various degrees of injuries.An eyewitness, Nya Moses, a resident of Akpabuyo, said he counted at least five dead bodies after the encounter which lasted for several minutes.
He was, however, not sure of the number of those who escaped. He added that the gang had been terrorising the neighbourhood for some time.
“I can assure you that five of the suspected armed robbers were killed by the police during the shootout. I counted the lifeless bodies before they were removed by the police. I am not too certain of those who escaped,” he said.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Hogan Bassey, confirmed the incident.
The PPRO, who would not corroborate the figure, said a good number of the suspected robbers were killed.
He said the gang of robbers were carrying out a raid in the area when they ran into the police and a gun battle ensued.
Bassey said no police officers were hurt in the encounter but a police vehicle was damaged.
He said, “Others escaped while a good number of them ran away with wounds. Also, a good amount of arms and ammunition were also recovered. They were very dangerous men and they met their waterloo.”

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