A POLICE officer was assaulted in the early hours of yesterday and had his fire arm, an AK47, grabbed after he stopped two men driving carelessly on the road.
Lusaka Province police commissioner Charity Katanga said the police officer, whose name has been withheld, was in the company of two neighbourhood watch officers who fled after seeing that the police officer had been overpowered.
Ms Katanga said the men pounced on the policeman after they parked at Petroda filling station in the SOS area in Lusaka.
She said the officer was rushed to the clinic and police have since arrested two men identified as Obed Muchima, 22, and David Kakema, 26, in connection with the attack.
“These men attacked our officer around 01:50 hours. We have, however, recovered the firearm and made arrests. The gentlemen were driving a Land Rover registration number AAN 7625,” Ms Katanga said.
And police yesterday thwarted an attempted robbery at a filling station and recovered an AK47 rifle and a Toyota Spacio registration number ADD 6451.
Ms Katanga said police were tipped by someone who was refuelling and noticed four masked men hovering around.
Upon noticing police presence, the robbers fled on foot and disappeared into the darkness.
Police found the gun in the vehicle and have launched a manhunt.
And Ms Katanga said police have arrested two Zimbabwean nationals for attempted robbery.
She named the two as Future Bhebhe, 33, and Siaphambo Sikosana, 34, both of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe.
The two were trailing Angel Mutale, 42, of Avondale after he drew some money at an automated teller machine.
Mr Mutale, after realising that he was being trailed, notified police who quickly went to his rescue.
“They were actually two vehicles that were trailing him. The ones we apprehended were driving a Toyota Spacio ALT 5097. The other two run away and checked out of the lodge where they were staying in,” she said.
Meanwhile a 30-year-old man of Lusaka’s Bauleni is battling for his life after he attempted to commit suicide using a pistol.
Ms Katanga said Mike Kalonga shot himself in the mouth in his bedroom.
His wife Dorica Banda,26, alerted neighbours and they rushed him to the University Teaching Hospital.