Friday, 6 March 2009

Police arrest six linked with highway attacks in Mwanza

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Patty Magubira in Mwanza

Police here are holding six people in connection with a series of highway robberies that have rocked the Lake Zone regions.

The attacks took place in Misungwi and Kwimba districts early this week and in January, where the highway robbers pounced on the passengers, after brutalising them, took away their valuable belongings.

Similar attacks, which are perpetrated by armed gangs, have also been reported on buses that ply Mwanza - Bukoba route.

The attackers usually use piles of rocks to halt buses before descending on passengers at night time. Mwanza RPC Jamal Rwambow said four more suspects were still on the run and that the police had mounted a manhunt against them.

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