Thugs engage Malawi police in gunfight: Mulanje villagers rescue cops, kill two

Malawi Police in tea growing district of Mulanje have confirmed there was a fierce gun-fire exchange with thugs that left an officer injured on the leg.

The bodies for the two robbers

The bodies for the two robbers

The thugs indentified as 32 year-old Edwin M’bwana and Chimwemwe Frank, 36, both of Mbayani Township, Blantyre sustained serious injuries during the incident and then disappeared into the tea fields.

Mulanje police Public Relations Gresham Ngwira told Nyasa Times, the two criminals attacked officers manning a road-block mounted at Ng’omba along Muloza-Mulanje Road.

“At around 08:30 this morning two people wearing masks came out of a tea estate and invaded the road block that was mounted at Ng’omba along Muloza-Mulanje Road, and our officer was injured in the process,” explained Ngwira.

According to Ngwira, one of the thugs had a Parabellum (pistol) and shot Sub-Inspector Masautso Phiri on his left leg, grabbed an official BXP rifle before running into Mimosa forest.

“After receiving the information a follow up was made that led to the recovery of the pistol and the official BXP rifle. But it was after a gun-fire exchange..”

Sub-Inspector Masautso Phiri was rushed to Mulanje District Hospital for treatment.

“We are happy that the two rifles have been recovered since they could cause terror to the community,” added Ngwira.

Meanwhile, villagers around the area, however, followed the thungs and managed to apprehend and kill them in the process.

National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera confirmed the development and  thanked the villagers for their vigilance.

The bodies for the two robbers are being kept at Mulanje District Hospital.

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10 thoughts on “Thugs engage Malawi police in gunfight: Mulanje villagers rescue cops, kill two”

  1. chatsata mwini says:

    amaona ngati udolo wanya nayo, umbava suthandiza, kupha anthu nditchimo lalikulu

  2. chatsata mwini says:

    winayo anapha munthu ku south Africa ndikuthawira kumalawi

  3. mmalawi says:

    A Kadadzera thanked the villagers for their vigillance kodi mesa mumaletsa mob justice inu? Basi chifukwa choti akupherani mbava inu kuntima mbeeee!!! Apolisi aku malawi mukagwira mahule mmawakwera opanda makondomu ndiye nonse mwadwalika lero mpaka mbava kukulandani mfuti masana.Mukamadandaula zoti mukugona nyumba zodontha you deserve it because you are not doing anything in this country mukungonyambita misonkho ya anthu osauka ngati ambwiyanu okana kukalambawa.Anthu anjala,owonda a mmudzi kukuposani yet you had guns.stupid.

  4. kanchenga says:

    We’re these armed robbers or freedom fighters for Mulanje Thyolo republic. Why would they attack a road block in a morning like this if not for publicity. From the story it is clear that the police forced the villagers to identify the labels and it is the police that killed these people not villagers. There is a security problem there. Where on earth have villagers gone hunting for dangerous armed robbers unarmed. That would be foolish.

  5. Gama says:

    So unarmed villagers are stronger than the armed MPS officers. Shame on our security.

  6. wa noma says:

    kkkkkkkk villagers thanked for killing robbers ??? wonders in Malawi at 52 will never end

  7. Mapwiya says:

    For the first time Police “HAVE THANKED VILLAGERS FOR MOB JUSTICE. Here are the police’s exact words “National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera ‘thanked the villagers for their vigilance”.

  8. Nyoooo! says:

    Now the villagers have taken the law in their hands in the name of rescuing the cops. Why not leave the cops defend themselves or just catch the thugs and hand them over to Police for further investigations? These were just suspects until proven guilty by the court of law. Arrest all those that have done this for the law to take its course. Apolosi mungodziwa kukolopola anthu mmidzimu ndi panseu eti?

  9. OMEX70 says:

    Kudos to Mulanje villagers for the job well done. These animals need to be killed when found to decrease their numbers which will eventually make Malawi a safe place to live in and invest.

    1. samu says:

      Indeed thanx goesbto the villagers for affirmative MOB JUSTICE otherwise it could have been worse had it been they run away. Police no more kugwira anthu akapanga mob justice apa yakuwombolani

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