Crime & courts

Armed robbers prey on smugglers

ARMED robbers have wreaked havoc in Beitbridge’s HaGoda, Mahuhushe and Lutumba areas where more than a dozen incidents, including carjacking, have been reported by cross-border jumpers in the past few weeks.

 

Yesterday, security forces shot dead one of the suspected armed robbers, injured two and arrested several others following a raid at their hideout in Lutumba.

The suspected robber identified only as Abel was hit when he fled into a building inside a beerhall and died on the spot.

 

Another suspect identified only as Elvis pointed a .303 rifle at the security forces before he was also shot and injured.

 

Thousands of dollars worth of groceries believed to have been robbed from different people were recovered in yesterday’s raid. The pre-dawn raid was a result of a combined operation between local police and security personnel deployed for a special operation along the border.

 

These two groups have previously been engaged in a territorial dispute that resulted in the robbers taking advantage.

 

The armed robbers hit unsuspecting shoppers who sneak into South Africa through undesignated points with the Zimbabwean border still closed.

 

The armed robbers are preying on unsuspecting shoppers who sneak into South Africa through undesignated points since the Zimbabwean border is still closed.

 

At least two vehicles, both minibuses loaded with groceries were recently hijacked at gunpoint with one emptied and abandoned a few kilometres from the scene.

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