By Ugochukwu Alaribe

ABA—Soldiers attached to  the 144 Battalion, Asa Ukwa West council area  of Abia State have killed two kidnappers as their gang made  to escape from a  foiled kidnap operation  at Umukanma village in Ugwunagbo  council area.

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The gang which specializes in kidnapping and armed robbery   operates between Abia and Akwa Ibom States, is suspected of being behind the death of a respected elder in the community whom they accused of divulging information about their activities to the security agencies.

A source at the  battalion  stated that their investigations revealed  that  one of  the leaders  of the group, identified as  Okechukwu broke out from his former gang and formed a new one with which he carried out kidnapping and armed robbery attacks in the area.

Vanguard gathered that other members of the gang including one Amarachi,  suspected to be the cook and  informant  to the gang  have also been declared wanted.

Attempts to get the reaction of the Army Public Relations Officer, 14 Brigade, Ohafia, Major Sidney Mbaneme, proved abortive.

However, a soldier at the 144 Battalion  disclosed that efforts were on top gear to arrest the fleeing gangsters.

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