Several passengers of a South Africa-bound bus are admitted at Masvingo General Hospital after they were stabbed and stripped of valuables by six armed robbers last night.
The Mirror was told that a Boundary Express bus was attacked by a six men gang armed with pistols, machetes and knives near Mushagashe Business Centre at around midnight near the Masvingo-Harare tollgate.
The armed robbers stabbed several passengers before stripping them of their cash and other valuables.
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The Boundary Express coach reportedly left Mbudzi roundabout in Harare around 8 pm and the unidentified armed robbers carrying knives, pistols and machetes were also on the bus when it set out for Beitbridge.
It has since emerged from some of the victims that the suspects had a small vehicle that was following behind the bus and was used as a getaway after the robbery.
Some passengers sustained deep cuts all over their bodies, and some were thoroughly beaten up by the suspects after ordering the bus driver to move into the bush and switch off the lights.
The passengers were also sprayed in the eyes with an unknown liquid before the robbers left in the small vehicle after removing pressure from one of the bus’ wheels.
The driver had to drive the bus to Masvingo with a deflated tyre so that those injured could get assistance.
Masvingo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa confirmed the incident and said he was still to get full details about the robbery.
He said those injured were hospitalized at Masvingo General Hospital, but could not disclose the number, extent of injuries and identities.
Police have since launched a manhunt for the suspects, whose total number is yet to be ascertained since others who were in the small car could not be seen.