A group of armed robbers on Monday night terrorized Salima Town where they murdered a fuel attendant and stole K500.000 at Salima PUMA filling station and injured a guard in two separate attacks.
Salima Police confirmed that the two incidents though not yet linked happened on Monday night in a space of five hours.
In his statement, Salima Police Publicist Dave Chitowe identified the deceased as 36 years-old came from Kafukule village Traditional Authority Mtwalo in Mzimba District and the Burundian businessman as Vincent Nyongera.
“The robbers attacked the Filling station just after 12 midnight. They entered the office through the shop where they found the victim and shot him before taking the money he had in his pocket. They then turned to his partner who was also asked to surrender cash,” said Chitowe.
Chitowe explained that after the gruesome murder, the robbers left the scene on foot.
“The other incident happened at around 7pm at the business man’s house. Three unidentified men who had followed him, forced their way past the gateman, who in quick reaction managed to tackle two of the robbers while he was shouting for help. The thugs shot the guard in his lower arm before vanishing without taking anything,” said Chitowe.
“We have not yet linked the two attacks. Preliminary investigation show that the attacks involved two different guns,” said Chitowe.
In Random interviews with some residents of the town, people have expressed shock with the attacks and the gruesome murder.
“It is very sad development especially that a life has been lost and the fact that businesses were targeted in both attacks. This is a setback as it brings fear amongst business people and residents in general,” said Dalitso Gome, a businessman.