Two police officers belonging to delta division in Mzuzu were on Wednesday night attacked by unknown near St Andrews C.C.A.P church, Northern Region Police Publicist, Maurice Chapola, confirmed but dismissed assertions that it is connected to the shooting of an army officer in Zomba.
The two police officers whose names could not be independently verified were attacked by unknown thugs in Mzuzu City while on duty patrolling the city’s streets.
According to Chapola, besides having their two riffles snatched off, the police officers were severely beaten by the thugs. They were then rushed to Mzuzu Central Hospital to receive medical treatment.
Early this week, it was reported in the media that a Malawi Defence Force Officer was fatally in Zomba by police officers who were on patrol.
With the Mzuzu Wednesday night incident, some quarters of the public are already linking the incident to that which occurred in Zomba.
However, Northern Police Publicist (Maurice Chapola) said the Mzuzu incident has nothing to do with that in Zomba, saying investigations are still underway to establish the cause of the incident and bring to book whosoever is behind the attack.
“It may be too early to say that the incident which happened here in Mzuzu is related to the one in Zomba,” said Chapola, adding that the two riffles which were snatched have been recovered.
“So far, no arrest has been made in connection to the issue. But I can confirm that one of the two officers who were attacked has been discharged from hospital while the other is still under treatment, but his condition is improving,” he added.
Chapola also said that the incident is not an indication of security lapse in the city or country.
“The scenario itself may not be a stiff measure to say that Mzuzu City is not safe security wise, because we have been witnessing quite a number of related incidents before; officers being beaten and police headquarters being stoned, so it’s normal,” he said.
In Zomba, Malawi Defence Force officers clashed with police officers, after it was learnt that a police officer had shot dead a member of the former.
For the past months, the country has been facing quite a number of crimes including robberies on business persons and individuals.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :