Residents burn down Chirimba police station after man shot dead shop owner

There was a running battles between police and residents of Chirimba Township, Blantyre on the part of Friday’s afternoon after a young man identified as Ryan Namalomba shot dead a shop owner, a Mr. Chipinda.

Meanwhile, the angry residents who were baying for the head of the cold-blood killer, Namalomba have burn down a police sub-station in the area.

And it took the law-enforcers to use tear-gas to calm down the situation after a running battle with the residents for close to three hours.

Blantyre Police Publicist, Elizabeth Divala confirmed the incident but could not divulge more details.

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“I can confirm that indeed the station has been bunt down by angry residents but, I don’t have details at hand as to what really happened. Our officers are still on the ground investigating the incident,” explained Divala.

But one of the eye witnesses, Carol Theu told Nyasa Times that there was  chaos following a killing of one of grocery-shop owners in the area, a Mr. Chipinda was shot dead by Namalomba who posed himself as a customer.

“The young man went into the shop, picked a packet of fresh milk and started drinking but didn’t pay for it. As he was walking out of the shop, Mr. Chipinda called him back, and as he was asking for the money, the man produced a pistol and shot him,” explained Theu.

Law-enforcers who rushed to the scene of the incident managed to apprehend the killer and whisked him away from the hands of angry residents who were baying for his head.

The angry residents descended to Chirimba police sub-station-where they thought Namalomba was kept-demanding the police to hand him over.

They stoned the sub-station before setting it on fire, and some of suspects/convicts under custody are reported to have escaped.

The chaos happened just hours after Mbayani Primary School pupils matched to Chirimba Primary School, to team up with their colleague to take to the street and demonstrate against free government text books they had received allegedly to have some satanic symbols.

However, the demonstration failed to take place after the authorities managed to contain the situation.

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