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Three armed bandits stage a dramatic daylight robbery in Lusaka

General News Three armed bandits stage a dramatic daylight robbery in Lusaka

Lusaka district police commanding officer Greenwell Nguni wears recovered mask and a rifle recovered from criminals during a public display of the goods at Lusaka central police station. The Picture is NOT related to the robbery Story

Three bandits yesterday staged a dramatic daylight robbery during which they stole an undisclosed amount of money from Lusaka’s Hussein Wholesalers on Freedom Way.

The robbers, two of them armed with AK47 semi-automatic rifles, raided the shop just before it closed at 12:30 hours.

The criminals started their operation by firing gunshots in the air, instinctively forcing customers and shop owners to take cover. Passers-by hid behind cars while others scampered.

In the confusion, some of the robbers forced their way into the shop. A security guard was ‘neutralised’ at the sight of the armed robbers who ordered everyone in the vicinity to lie down.

Within minutes, the robbers had grabbed a carton box containing cash from the shop, jumped into a Toyota Corolla car and sped off after firing more gun shots in the air.

The robbers emptied the box of the money and threw the container out of the car as they sped away.

The car turned off Freedom Way and onto Katondo Street. Some witnesses said they saw the car turn onto Cha Cha Cha Road and vanished in the traffic.

It was not immediately clear if the driver was also a robber or was hijacked as some witnesses said he seemed to be driving under duress.

And a check at the shop after the incident found armed officers from the flying squad patrolling the city centre.

The flying squad arrested a taxi driver whom they suspected to have assisted the bandits to escape.

One of the workers at the shop, Ronald Sinkala, said in an interview that the robbers shot three warning shots to force the owner of the shop to release the money.

“We were actually about to close the shop when one of the bandits walked in calmly with a pistol and his colleagues followed and fired three shots just to ensure our boss releases the money,” Mr Sinkala said.

He said it is still uncertain how much money the bandits got away with as the day’s cashing was yet to be counted.

And one of the customers who was caught up in the incident described the ordeal as traumatising.

Evelyn Lingililani, who was visibly shaken, said she was the only lady in the shop at the time of the incident.

The owner of the shop was unavailable for a comment by press time as he was reported to be at the police station.

[Zambia Daily Mail]

35 COMMENTS

  1. :d:d:d:d:d:((:((:((:((:((:o:o:o:o ‘The flying squad arrested a taxi driver whom they suspected to have assisted the bandits to escape’…:-\”:-\”:-\”:-\”:-\”:-\” DR MUSONDA attempted MURDER still at large, 2 weeks down the line:-?:-?:-?:-?:-?:-t:-t:-t:-t**==**==Styleee:)):)):)):)):))

  2. If the Police can fail to arrest Dr. Musonda whom they are seeing walking about freely, Just how can they arrest the Robbers who sped off and vanished in traffic. I am sure they are still “investigating”. When they have gathered enough evidence through questions like :how did the gun shots sound, how did the Robbers get into the shop, etc. that is when they will arrest the suspects. That is how Zambia Police operates!!

  3. There can only be two suspects, FTJ Chiluba and Dr. Musonda with his pistol. William Banda must have been the driver of Toyota Corolla.

  4. And this took place during the time when traffic is normally conjested in lusaka ? Where is the police sure ?

  5. The police prod business owners dealing with substantial amounts of cash to acquire their security services. Ironically, these paras tend to not only offer security but also diligently study the entire operations of these business houses and then the Kabonde boys turn around and defraud them. You know to ma inside jobs tuna paka maningi pa zed.

  6. Hehehe. Numbers 1 to 10 very funny contributions. You have made my day. Naseka sana. Kumwesu kwali shupa uku chita understand limo limo so ku seka fye.

  7. how can a police officer put on the mask recovered from the scene instead of checking for the air that might have been left by the thief so that we can match with the DNA test and finger prints? i guess we are not yet there right? but other than that, its very unhygienic to do that. you never know, that man might have some sores in his head especially that he is a thief, he doesn’t even bath properly. :o:o

  8. Elo mu traffic how did they escape tamwachiba petrol muli ba kapokola to follow up am sure….
    Why r they patrolling the city follow the criminals,yah do u think they are stupid enough to return were you are patrolling.Watch movies u see how its done Crazy!

  9. Alistoto#7 you are 100% correct, but u left out one point, they were sent by BWEZANI the mmd is trying to raize money for campaigns during the chifubu and luena .

  10. President Banda has instructed the police not to rush into arresting the armed robbers becuase there could a reason they stole the money. He said he sympathised with the armed robbers and it will soon be clear why they conducted the day time armed robbery

  11. It is Rupiah Banda’s fault. There was a reason for the armed bandits to steal. There was a reason for Musonda to shoot the PF cadre. Don’t arrest and punish the criminals because whatever they do, there is a reason behind. Viva RB!

  12. Namba 18, thats right. Thats the reason Bwezani gave when asked to comment on Minister Shooter that there was a reason at to why Musonda pulled the trigger.

  13. Judgement without Justice Is Not Judgement at ALL! We live in a crazy world indeeeeed! Ciwamila Galu! Ba snoop ni ziiiii![-(

  14. Yes there was a reason for them to steal, don’t arrest them yet until everything is clear. Moreover, threatening violence is not a crime in Zambia, they didn’t shoot anyone did they? rupia and kobonde have re-written law in Zambia.
    Post # 9 and 14 – This threatening of violence (which is not a crime) and collection of cashing must have happened on Sunday and thus no congestion on the roads. I remember some shops used to be open on Sundays until 12:30hrs, as in this story which was written on Monday.

  15. I agree with most of you.We need to know what promted them to stage a robbery.The truth will come out soon.I sympathise with the robers.As usual,this matter is in the hands and the DPP.Let them investigate,for now i cant order there arrest,thats going too far!

  16. I agree with most of you.We need to know what promted them to stage a robbery.The truth will come out soon.I sympathise with the robers.As usual,this matter is in the hands ot the police and the DPP.Let them investigate,for now i cant order there arrest,thats going too far!

  17. Mr Kabonde
    strategically position your key men with all the tools in dirfferent parts of the city to follow up such cases immediately.
    You can also occupy one of the top most building in the city to see such speeding cars and be able to advise your dangerous unit to activate.
    It is a shame that these things are happening in a small city like cairo or freedom and nothing is being done to stop such illegal activities happening
    Thanks to God no LIFE was lost or injured
    God BLESS!!

  18. :d..kwena pa zed pali drama..the police are always out of fuel, no forensic investigation..m sure the next day the CRIME SCENE ws back to normal business with pipo sweeping the evidence away..for heavens sake they left bullets inthere, that shud be a strat, but then again, no one registers guns in this country..nway they didnt kill no body, they jst threatened..so its nt a crime..n they DEFINATELY had a reason..n who the hell manages to get away in the rush hour traffic, where was ratsa????

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