Wednesday, 19 November 2008
FIVE BANDITS SLAIN IN LUSAKA
University Teaching Hospital morgue attendants ferrying corpses of slain bandits at the hospital in Lusaka.
POLICE in Lusaka have gunned down five suspected dangerous criminals after an exchange of fire yesterday.
One police officer was also shot at in the groin.
The shoot-out happened outside Lumumba bus station on Lumumba road. This was after police challenged the bandits. The bandits were armed with an assault AK 47 rifle and a toy pistol gun.
Business at Lumumba bus station halted because everyone scampered for safety.
The bodies of the five bandits were taken to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) where they were certified dead upon arrival.
Kennedy Makukula is UTH spokesperson. He confirmed receipt of the corpses and treatment of a police officer identified as Robert Mbita. Makukula said Mbita was treated and discharged. He said Mbita grazed by a bullet in the lower abdomen.
His counterpart Bonny Kapeso from the Zambia Police also confirmed the incident and said the criminals had intentions to steal from a company in the industrial area but some members of the public alerted the police.
“The gangsters had initially planned to rob the firm at 09:00 hours and police were immediately informed about the planned robbery.
This is the group that has been behind the cases of aggravated robbery, Kapeso said.
Mr Kapeso identified one of slain bandits as Francis Mulenga Besa who was found with a National Registration Card (NRC).
“Any family missing Besa Francis Mulenga should go to the UTH mortuary and identify their relative. I can confirm that Besa Francis Mulenga has been shot dead,” Mr Kapeso said.