Two persons described by the police as notorious robbers, were on Saturday killed in Nsukka, Enugu State, when they engaged security men in a gun battle.
A statement from the Enugu State Police Command, said the suspected robbers attacked a filling station on Enugu Road in the early hours of Saturday before they met their waterloo.
The statement, signed by the spokesman of the command, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, said one of the suspects was shot dead instantly while the second one died on the way to the hospital.
It said a third suspect escaped with bullet wounds.
The statement said the suspected robbers stormed the filling station on a motorcycle and began operation before the police responded to a distress call and engaged them.
It said the police recovered one Barreta pistol with seven rounds of live ammunition, one motorcycle, one locally-made pistol with one cartridge and some amount of money.
It identified the dead suspects as Sunday Eze and Obinna Eze, saying that their bodies were deposited in a nearby hospital.