A map of Yobe, a state in north-east Nigeria.
Police authorities in Yobe State say they have received the bodies of three suspected kidnappers killed by vigilante groups during an ambush.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Yobe, Dungus Abdulkarim, who confirmed the incident told Channels Television that the suspects were killed on Sunday morning.
He stated that while information on the attack was unclear at the time of this report, the police command was making efforts to get full details.
Abdulkarim said, “It was this morning (Sunday) we received information about an attack on a community under Murfa Kalam village where three suspected kidnappers were killed following an ambush by a vigilante group.
“Presently, the corpses have been deposited at a morgue in the Specialist Hospital in Damaturu while investigations are ongoing.”
A photo taken on August 30, 2020, shows the slain suspected kidnappers and others arrested by a vigilante group in Yobe State.
According to local sources, a group of armed men believed to be kidnappers had stormed Dungurum community in Murfa Kalam village.
During the attack on the community in Damaturu Local Government Area of the state, the assailants reportedly kidnapped one person.
On getting the information, the vigilante group in the area laid an ambush on the attackers, killing three of them in the process while others escaped.
Another source told Channels Television that three other suspects were arrested and have been handed over to the Nigerian Army.
However, the military authorities have yet to make any comment on the matter.