The police also recovered some ammunition.
The police command in Gombe State says its officers killed three armed robbers during a patrol on the Gombe-Dukku road on Friday.
Fwaje Atajiri, the Police Public Relations Officer in the command, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Gombe on Saturday.
He said the police also recovered four guns, 307 live ammunition, and two vehicles from the robbers during a joint operation with police men from Bauchi State.
Mr. Atajiri said that the vehicles recovered were one Honda Accord and a Toyota Avalon which were suspected to be stolen from Lagos-Ibadan axis.
“Upon seeing a police vehicle, they opened fire and the police returned fire and the ground battle lasted about 45 minutes on the Gombe-Dukku road on Friday.
“Three of them were killed; we recovered four arms, 307 live ammunition and two vehicles, one Honda Accord and one Toyota Avalon.
“The men were believed to have stolen the vehicle from Ibadan-Lagos axis,” he said.
The spokesperson said that the police were intensifying efforts to arrest other members of the gang who escaped.