THREE masked bandits yesterday robbed a Chinese national out of K200,000 and US$5,000 cash on Lusaka’s Addis Ababa Drive in a jaw-dropping midday attack that stunned motorists and other onlookers.
In another robbery in the same vicinity, bandits robbed a clergyman of K30,000 at the Manda Hill traffic lights.
Police have instituted investigations in the heist that left motorists dumbfounded as the hooded bandits executed the robbery in heavy traffic at the junction of Addis Abba Drive and Nangwenya Road.
One of the bandits approached the victim and ordered him to surrender the money. The victim, who seemed to have fully co-operated was hurt in the process when the bandits smashed the window on the driver’s side.
This writer witnessed the dramatic movie-style robbery.
The three lanky bandits, menacingly brandishing AK47 military rifles, had their faces covered in head socks and mutton cloths.
After grabbing the money, they calmly walked back to their Toyota Spacio. One of the bandits was clad in camouflaged trousers.
The getaway vehicle swiftly sped off in the southern direction of Addis Abba as passers-by, motorists and vendors were left stunned.
After the one-minute-47 seconds robbery, some motorists rushed to assist the hapless Chinese national, who was quickly rushed to police and later to hospital.
“We are deeply saddened with this type of robbery it is sad to see such crime begin to happen in Lusaka. I am terrified, it is unbelievable, I have seen it with my own eyes,” a visibly-shocked man recounted.
Earlier this week, armed robbers reportedly raided a shop at a filling station near Chainama Hospital on the Great East Road in Lusaka. The robbers took off with cash as two police officer took cover and frantically radioed for help which came long after the thieves had left.
Police spokesperson Charity Katanga has confirmed the robbery, which took place around 11:30 hours.
In a similar development, Ms Katanga also confirmed another robbery where robbers robbed a priest a K30,000 at Manda Hill traffic lights in Lusaka on March 26th 2015.
“We suspect this robbery was an in-house arrangement looking at the place and time they happened,” Ms Katanga said.
She said the priest has reported the case to police and investigations have started.