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2 fleeing car snatchers killed in crash

18 February 2013, 16:04

Abuja - Two suspected car snatchers were killed on Monday in Abuja when their stolen vehicle fell over a bridge and crashed into an empty residential building in Zuba in the Federal Capital Territory.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the suspects, who were three in number, allegedly snatched a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado vehicle and were trying to get away with it when the crash occurred.

A policeman at the scene of the crash told NAN that two of the suspected car snatchers died instantly while the third was seriously injured.

He said the suspects were on top speed when the driver lost control of the vehicle and fell from the bridge.

The policeman, who pleaded anonymity, said the residents of the area reported the incident at the Zuba Police Station and men of the force rushed to the scene.

``It was about 3 a.m. in the morning when people from the neighbourhood came to the police station to report the accident.

``On reaching here, the two were already dead and the third badly injured and unconscious.

``The information we got was that the car was snatched at gunpoint in the town and men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) were chasing them.

``In their bid to elude SARS, they were on high speed and could not control the vehicle anymore and they fell off the flyover and rammed into this building,’’ he said.

The source said the police recovered some weapons, which include pistols, from the wreckage.



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