The Imo State police command has confirmed that one of their officers was wounded in a bloody shootout with kidnappers.
Reports said the incident happened when the police following intelligent reports storm the kidnappers hideout in a forest in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of the state
It was gathered that the shootout with the kidnappers took place when police stormed the forest to rescue a kidnap victim.
The hoodlums on sighting the tactical team opened fire.
Police spokesman Mike Abattam said, one of the suspects was gunned down while a policeman was wounded and taken to hospital.
The kidnap victim was rescued, he said.