A police officer identified as Constable Pytihas Ntulukila was this morning shot dead by some unknown person as they attempted to rob a Cash Transit Vehicle he was in.
The incident happened between 09:00 hours and 10:00 hours along Lunzia Road off Addis Ababa Road in an aggravated robbery.
The Constable Ntulukila was in the company with another police officer in a Cash Transit Vehicle that was collecting cash from various filling stations in the enroute to their Head Office along great east road.
The vehicle in which the officers were in was hit from behind by a Toyota Noah and later stopped.
According to Police Spokesman Rae Hamoonga, when they got out of the cash transit vehicle to check what had happened another motor vehicle, a Toyota corolla approached the scene and the occupants of this motor vehicle came out and started firing indiscriminately thereby shooting Constable Ntulukila in the abdomen who was later rushed to Care for Business Hospital where he later died.
The Toyota Noah was reported stolen vehicle yesterday around 23:00 hours in Makeni east here in Lusaka.
Mr Hamoonga said Police have since launched a man hunt for the criminals who snatched cash amounting to over 200,000 Kwacha.
“We would like to warn these criminals that as Police when you attack one of our police officers whilst on official duty you have attacked the entire police. We shall not leave any stone unturned to bring these criminals to book by employing all legal means at our disposal,” Mr Hamoonga said.
“To this end the Zambia Police Service would like to make earnest appeal to members of the public who may have information to report to the nearest police station so that these criminals can be made face the full wrath of the law.”