A robbery gang headed by a female on Tuesday engaged the police in a gun duel in Anambra State.
Operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, laid ambush on the robbers following a tip off from an arrested robbery kingpin.
The state Commissioner of Police, CP, Hosea-Hassan Karma, told newsmen that the operation lasted all through the night on Monday till the early hours of Tuesday.
The police accosted the criminals at their hideout and shot sporadically.
While some of them escaped, about five of them were shot dead.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Ali Okechukwu, said the dead suspects were gunned down by the police during a fierce gun battle when the SARS operatives were trailing them.
He said, “The deceased female suspect was said to be the commander of the gang while their area of specialization included car snatching, armed robbery and kidnapping.