A group of 15 armed robbers descended on Gobathema Business Centre in Guyu, Gwanda, attacked shops and went away with R14 000, $1 100 and groceries.
The gang, armed with an AK 47 rifle and machetes, went on the rampage on Saturday night, attacking shop owners and forcing patrons to flee.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident. He said:
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I can confirm that we recorded an armed robbery case which occurred at Gobathema Business Centre in Guyu where a group of 15 unidentified men who were armed with machetes and an AK47 rifle went about robbing shops.
They arrived at the business centre, fired two shots in the air to threaten patrons who then fled. They invaded several shops and took cash amounting to R14 000, $1 100 and groceries whose value is yet to be ascertained.
Ass. Comm Nyathi has appealed to members of the public with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects to contact any nearest police station.
He also urged businesspeople to be vigilant and desist from discussing their financial affairs in public as this may put them at risk of being robbed.