Bandits snatch K250,000 at gunpoint


FIVE suspected robbers yesterday snatched K258,384 from Kabwe’s BM Distributors Limited at gunpoint.

And unknown men have shot dead a Lusaka female maize trader after snatching K10,000 from her in Petauke.
In Kabwe, thieves who were armed with two AK47 assault rifles and axes forced their way into BM Distributors Limited on Freedom Way around 08:30 hours while the proprietor Satish Patel was opening the shop.
Central Province commissioner of police Standwell Lungu confirmed the robbery in Kabwe yesterday.
Mr Lungu said while in the shop, the thieves demanded money from Mr Patel as they brandished their weapons.
“They forced him to open the safe from which K258,384 was snatched. They later bolted but the registration number of their vehicle was not recorded,” he said.
Mr Lungu said the thieves fled the shop using a white Toyota Spacio after hitting Mr Patel with the butt of a gun.
He said Mr Patel, who sustained a cut on the head, reported the matter at Central Police Station.
A check by the Daily Mail around 12:00 hours yesterday found the shop, which is usually crowded, closed.
And in the Petauke incident, Eastern Province commissioner of police Grace Chipalila said Angela Namwale was shot in the stomach while camped with two male traders around 23:00 hours on Sunday.
She said the woman was shot in Chieftainess Mwanjabantu’s area in Petauke.
“Ms Angela Namwale, age unknown but of Lusaka, was shot dead in the belly after the robbers snatched K10,000 from her while she camped with her two colleagues near the point where they were buying maize from,” Ms Chipalila said.
Ms Chipalila said police found an AK47 cartridge at the scene and a manhunt for the suspected robbers has started.
Meanwhile, a 21-year-old man of Chipata was crushed to death after attempting to jump from a moving vehicle at Mugubudu Trading area on the Chipata-Lundazi road around 18:00 hours on Sunday.
And STEVEN MVULA reports that three people, among them a five-month-old-baby, died while 14 others sustained injuries in a road traffic accident in Namwala yesterday.
The accident happened after the driver of a truck registration number AJB 9962 lost control of the vehicle which later veered off the road and over-turned, Police spokesperson Charity Chanda said.

Zambia Daily Mail