Following the shooting of two soldiers in Chivhu on Saturday, soldiers in two army trucks were immediately deployed to the town as soon as reports of the incident reached authorities in Harare.
At daybreak, the soldiers, alongside other law enforcement agencies visited the crime scene at Innscor food court, and from there, they trailed the two gunmen into the bush.
Along the way, the team interviewed members of the public for information regarding the pair’s movements, as well as using GPS.
A man who had a speech impairment used hand signals to direct them to where the two were hiding and the assailants were reportedly anticipating a gun battle – about 16 kilometres from Chivhu town along Gutu road.
The two gunmen were hiding on an anthill but when they realised that their position had been found, they retreated into a ditch seeking cover.
There was an exchange of fire for a few minutes, with one the gunmen seemingly good at operating a firearm.
The gunman appeared to be using the AK-47 assault rifle that they had stolen from the soldiers they had attacked the previous day and he was the first to be taken out.
The other gunman attempted to flee from their hideout while firing his gun but was shot a few metres from his colleague.
In the gunfight, Corporal Stanalious Chiunye who was leading the team was shot on the leg.
Chivhu residents told The Herald that it was not true that the two soldiers who were shot on Saturday, Lance Corporal Lorance Mupanganyama (deceased) and Corporal Zvirevo (injured) were beating up people before the incident.
They said the two officers had been in the town for less than three days when the shooting incident occurred and had been conducting themselves in an orderly manner.