Friday, 31 December 2010

Police gun down two after fire exchange

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Ray Naluyaga, Citizen Bureau Chief

Police in Mwanza Region on Wednesday afternoon killed two suspected armed robbers, while one escaped after a three-and-a-half hour exchange of fire between the groups at Kanyama Village in Kisesa Ward, Magu District.

Speaking to journalists at his office yesterday morning, the region’s police commander, Mr Simon Sirro, said they suspected that the robbers are from a neighbouring country and well trained soldiers.

Sirro, who led the fire exchange, said the robbers had at 1.30pm conducted a highway robbery on a saloon car driven by Mr Elias Swai where they managed to get away with Sh4.2 million.

“Few minutes later, they invaded another car driven by Davis Ashok but found nothing to steal,” he said.

According to Sirro, the Police was informed of the incident by wananchi and immediately went to the scene. The robbers were seen hanging around a small shop in the village from around 10am.

He said when the police arrived the robbers ran away and hid at a bush near Kanyama Primary School where the fire exchange started.

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