7 Armed Robbers On The Loose According To Police

Police have launched a manhunt for a seven-man gun-brandishing gang who robbed occupants of two vehicles that were transporting smugglers in Beitbridge.

Matabeleland South acting provincial police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Thabani Mkhwananzi confirmed the incident which occurred on Thursday at around 1 AM in Makapilo Village along Panda Mine Road in Beitbridge.

He said the robbers got away with R23 000 and US$1000 as well as groceries worth about R12 000. Said Asst Insp Mkhwananzi:

I can confirm that we recorded a robbery case that occurred in Makapilo Village in Beitbridge.

A driver was travelling in a Toyota Hiace Baby Quantum along Panda Mine Road heading towards the Lutumba area with four passengers on board.

When he was passing through Makapilo Village he found the road blocked with boulders and stopped the car.

Seven men who were armed with pistols appeared from the bushes and started shooting in the air. They assaulted the driver and passengers while demanding cash.

Another vehicle arrived from the opposite direction and the gang stopped it. They assaulted the occupants of the vehicle while demanding cash.

The gang fled in the vehicles which they later dumped in the bushes. They stole R23 000, US$1 000, groceries worth R12 000 and other valuables which included cell phones and other electronic gadgets.

Asst Insp Mkhwananzi said the matter was reported to the police who attended the scene.

He appealed to members of the public with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects to contact any nearest police station.

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