The Nigeria Police Force said Thursday that as part of its investigations into the kidnapping of four British missionaries, two people suspected of involvement have been arrested while a third was killed in a shoot-out.
The Britons, who were dispatched to Nigeria by a Christian medical charity providing free healthcare in rural areas in Delta State, were abducted on October 13.
The British foreign ministry Monday that three of the hostages were released and returned home safely while a fourth was killed in captivity.
Delta State police spokesman, Andrew Aniamaka spoke on the development Thursday.
He said two suspects were arrested in Warri on Wednesday, who, after questioning, led officers to their hideout in Sapele.
“At Sapele, the team had tried to arrest (a third suspect) who immediately brought out a Beretta (pistol) in an attempt to shoot at the operatives,” Aniamaka said.
“This led to a shoot-out which resulted in the death of the suspect while others fled the scene.”
Two officers were shot and injured and were said to be in stable condition in hospital, he added.
Four people suspected of involvement in the abduction had already been arrested on October 19.
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