A 28 year old man of Chililabombwe has been shot and injured by Chililabombwe council and police in a joint operation of killing stray dogs.
Edison Banda, 28, a workman at Lubambe Copper Mines (LCM), was on Monday evening accidentally shot in the leg as he was leaving his friend’s place between 18:30 and 19:00 hours.
Chililabombwe District Commissioner Stuart Chitumbo and Chililabombwe Mayor Paul Kabuswe confirmed the incident to ZANIS after visiting the victim at his hospital bed.
Narrating the incident from his hospital bed, Banda, who sustained gunshot wounds on his right leg, said he suddenly developed some strange pain on his leg only to later discover that he was shot.
Banda who has since undergone an operation to remove the shotgun pellets added that he also heard the barking of a dog in the neighbourhood.
The Council and Police staff involved in the operation did not realise that they had shot a person and just picked the dead dog and left.
The local authority had sought permission from Police to conduct the operation of shooting stray dogs but it has since been suspended as Police has opened an inquiry file to ascertain the actual cause of the incident.