Uodated: Gunmen shut down Benin-Auchi Expressway, battle soldiers
Daredevil gunmen on Wednesday morning shut down Benin-Auchi Expressway at Okwor, in Ehor, Uhumwode Local GoveenmGov Area, about 30 kilometres from Ekpoma.
The kidnappers had blocked the expressway early on Tuesday but were driven into the threat by soldiers.
Some of them were killed while others escaped with gunshot injuries
The terrorists, however, regrouped and reappeared on the road on Wednesday morning.
The soldiers moved in again and eventually killed four Fulani kidnappers.
The soldiers recovered AK-47 rifles, bullets and other items.
Hundreds of road users, who were stranded as the gun battle raged, looked on from a distance.
An unidentified lawyer, who posted the video of Wednesday’s gun battle from beside a signpisi indicating it was 30 kilometres to Ekpoma, said he was on his way to handle a legal matter when he ran into the roadblock.
Travellers plying the road were held for several hours while the security operatives engaged the hoodlums.
It was gathered that an unidentified young man who was driving a Lexus SUV was hit by a stray bullet in his shoulder.
Edo State has been under the siege of kidnappers, especially on the expressway.
Efforts by Governor Godwin Obaseki to combat kidnapping have yielded significant results.
However, the terrorists continue to block the road and kidnap road users.
Wednesday’s victory by the soldiers marks a turning point in the fight against kidnappers bekibeli to be from Mali, a West AfeAfri country.
Security sources had said the kidnappers that had held the place hostage for some years were not Nigerians but Malians.
The kidnappers are believed to constantly change locations in order to wear their hostages out and evade detection by security agents.
Security forces gave stepped up the bombardment of locations of kidnappers in the North-West and North-Central.
The terrorists have killed thousands of people in Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina and Niger states.