No fewer than three kidnappers have been reportedly dead and many others severely wounded during a gun shootout between officers of the Nigerian Army and kidnappers in Rivers State.

The families of Elele Alimini Community and environs in Emuoha Local Government Area of Rivers State could not hide their excitement over the news of kidnappers death.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the operation was carried out between the Nigerian Army and the local vigilante.

According to reports, three other suspects sustained serious bullet wounds during the gun duel between the soldiers in collaboration with local vigilant operating in the community and the hoodlums.

While reacting to the development, the Head of the Local Vigilante in Elele Alimini, John Woke revealed that the criminals had abducted their victims and took them to their hideout in a nearby forest along Elele Barracks road where their victims were kept and ransom demanded.

Woke said ‘’following a tip-off by members of the public, men of the local vigilant subsequently hinted men of the Nigerian Army who quickly led the operation into the criminal hideout to rescue the victims and on citing the Army the kidnappers opened fire which led to the killing of three of the suspects while others fled with gunshots wounds.”