3 security operatives killed in gunfight with gunmen

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Lagos, Oct 31 (IANS) Nigerian police on Saturday said three security personnel were killed following a gunfight with unidentified gunmen in the north-western state of Zamfara.

Mohammed Shehu, Spokesperson for the police in Zamfara, said in a statement that a patrol team comprising policemen and local vigilantes were ambushed by unidentified gunmen on a road in the Shinkafi local government area of the state on Thursday.

Shehu said the operatives engaged the gunmen in a gun duel that lasted for hours, adding some gunmen were killed while others escaped with gunshot wounds, Xinhua news agency reported.

"Unfortunately, a police operative and two civil defence personnel paid the supreme price and their corpses were evacuated and buried accordingly," he added.

There have been a series of gunmen attacks in Nigeria in recent months, leading to deaths and kidnappings.

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