A daring group of fifty machete-wielding gold panners (MaShurugwi) on Tuesday stormed a Gokwe North police base intending to free their arrested colleagues.
Police responded by firing live ammunition towards the group and managed to subdue and arrest the assailants after some of them were injured.
The attempted invasion of the police station came after police had arrested nine illegal gold panners on charges of robbing 80kg of gold ore from a local miner the previous day.
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The 50-man gang had hired two kombis in Kadoma to take them to Zenda, almost 300km away, where their colleagues had been detained.
The attack happened before police could transfer the nine to Gokwe North’s Nembudziya Police Station.
After the gang had been subdued, the injured were ferried to Nembudziya and Gweru General hospitals where they are admitted under police guard, while their hired kombis were impounded together with a Toyota Wish used by their colleagues.