A gang of 6 armed robbers reportedly shot and seriously injured 2 Gweru Police Officers who had responded to a robbery at a businessman’s house in the city. the Chronicle reports.
The incident was confirmed by ZRP National Spokesperson Assitant Commissioner Paul Nyathi who told the publication that:
Information we got is that some police officers reacted to a robbery that was taking place at the businessman’s house in Gweru.
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It is said one robber entered the house first and when he faced some resistance from the businessman, five more robbers got into the house and took the family hostage and tortured one of his relatives. During the robbery, the businessman managed to contact the police who responded swiftly.
Sensing that police reinforcements were on their way, the robbers decided to flee and drove off in a Mazda MPV which they dumped just a few metres from the house before fleeing on foot into the dark of the night.
This comes a few weeks after ZRP shot and killed 4 armed robbers who had pounced on a Harare businessman. Among the deceased was a Police officer stationed at Hatfield Police. Cases of armed robberies are on the rise in many parts of the country.