The Police Command in Plateau State has neutralized a kidnap gang and foiled a kidnap attempt at Rantya community of Jos South Local Government Area.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ubah Ogaba, in a statement explained that the incident happened on Saturday afternoon.

He added that other members of the criminal gang escaped with various degrees of bullet wounds.

According to the statement, “This afternoon, at about 3 p.m., we received a distress call that three gunmen invaded a compound in Rantya to kidnap their target or probably other persons in the compound.”

The statement explained that on receipt of the information, their operatives attached to the Rantya Division swiftly mobilised to the scene, adding that on sighting the team, the hoodlums engaged them in a fierce gun duel where one of the hoodlums was neutralised, while others fled with various degrees of bullet wounds.

The PPRO stated that one AK-47 rifle and 12 rounds of live 7.62X39mm calibre of ammunition were recovered.

According to the PPRO, investigation has since commenced and effort was being intensified to ensure the arrest of other fleeing members of the gang.

He advised members of the public to remain calm and always give useful information to the police in its bid to flush out criminal elements from the state.

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