CHEGUTU – Police in ZIMBABWE have launched a manhunt for 15 dangerous armed men masquerading as army and police officers, who have been terrorising people in the western region.

The group has attacked different places in CHEGUTU Town and surrounding areas and got away with TWO cars, loaded guns, police uniforms, cellular phones, and cash.

Armed robbers arrested earlier in Harare (Pic. Harare 24 News)

THE HERALD says the robbers, some wearing National Army uniforms and police riot jackets with pairs of camouflage trousers, abducted and stripped State and municipal police officers.

It says the Police Officer Commanding MASHONALAND WEST Province, Commissioner FELLY MJANGA CHIKOWERO, has revealed the information.

The official says a 19 JANUARY report by CHEGUTU District Police Commander Chief Superintendent TAMBUDZAI MAZAMBANI shows the assailants attacked and stole goods from CHINESE nationals.

They were allegedly armed with TWO 303 rifles, an AK 47 assault rifle, TWO pistols, metal bars, machetes and batons when they raided the house of the CHINESE.

The suspects reportedly fired shots and smashed windows before demanding cash and valuables from LI JIPING (60), LIE HIA LING (58) and YUAN YING DUO (48).

They allegedly severely assaulted their victims with batons and got away with a pistol, cell phones and cash, before shooting OBERT KAVHIYANO, who stays in the cottage, and stealing a decoder and another cell phone from his neighbour, FARISAI CHIHORO.

Chief Superintendent MAZAMBANI says Mr JINPIN reported the matter at Police CHEGUTU and returned with THREE officers to the crime scene.

However, the suspects overpowered the law-enforcement agents, disarmed and stripped them, before seizing TWO cars, THREE cell phones, an FN riffle with 20 rounds, police uniforms, and cash.

The suspected robbers then bundled their victims into the TWO stolen motor vehicles and drove out of the premises.

Police say on the same night, they received reports of yet another armed robbery and detectives, THREE of them armed with an AK 47 rifle and CZ pistols.

They found the assailants still at the scene and they engaged them, but the detectives were again overpowered; forcing THREE of the details to flee and leave TWO colleagues behind.

The robbers captured the remaining TWO, bundled them into the boot of the stolen vehicle after seizing their phones, police IDs, a CZ pistol and cash.

Chief Superintendent MAZAMBANI says the suspects committed a number of similar attacks and later dumped their captives and a motor vehicle before disappearing.

The authorities in ZIMBABWE say there are a number of guns in private hands illegally and the firearms are being used to commit crimes./Sabanews/cam

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