Cops corner bandits, shoot one

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CHINTU MALAMBO writes

POLICE in Kasama have shot and injured one suspected criminal and arrested two others in connection with the theft of money from a Trade Kings motor vehicle.

Police public relations officer Esther Mwata-Katongo said in a statement yesterday that this happened after a report of theft from motor vehicle was received from Trade Kings Regional Manager for Muchinga, Luapula and Northern Provinces Abbas Hussain.

Ms Katongo said Mr Hussain reported that unknown persons stole money from the company’s motor vehicle, a Toyota Hilux registration number ALZ 3825 which was parked at Indo – Zambia Bank along Independence road in Kasama District.

It is alleged that the criminals unlocked the driver’s door and got away with K98,025.00.

Ms Katongo said police made a follow up and caught up with the criminals at Mwiluzi area along Mbala – Kasama road where they had parked there vehicle, Honda CRV registration number ALP 2712 and were changing a front tyre of their motor vehicle.

“Upon being challenged the criminals ran in different directions and in the process one suspect named Ndlovu Basil Bhekumuzi aged 40 years of Bulawayo, a Zimbabwean national was shot on  his left side of the thigh while two of his colleagues identified as Soames Ndlovu aged 32 years of Matero East in Lusaka also a Zimbabwean national based in Bulawayo and Silvester Phiri aged 38 years of Matero Lusaka were apprehended,” Ms Katongo said.

She said the injured suspect is receiving medical treatment at Kasama General Hospital while one other suspect only identified as Amin (Mr Moyo) is on the run.

Ms Katongo said K84,000 was recovered from the suspects and the vehicle which was being used has been impounded.

She however, said a manhunt for the suspect who is on the run has been launched.

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