Malawi Police in Lilongwe on Saturday night shot dead four suspected armed carjackers after exchanging fire and recovered a vehicle belonging to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Central Region Police deputy spokesperson Ramsy Mushani said the law enforcers recovered a Mitsubishi Delica registration MG 102 AD that had been stolen at the City Centre in Lilongwe.
He said police were on alert due to international meetings in the city, notably the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (Amecea) and Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) Gender Ministers Conference.
Mushani said they received a tip off near midnight that armed robbers had hijacked the government vehicle and the responded as the Anti-Motor Vehicle Theft Unit of the Central Region Police led by their officer-in-charge Chrissy Mwale chased the suspected armed robbers up to Kalikuti Hotel in Biwi Township.
“As officers of the unit approached Kalikuti Hotel, they saw the suspects changing number plates on the stolen vehicle. As police officers disembarked from their vehicle, the suspects started firing at them and the two sides exchanged fire,” Mushani said.
He said in the course of the continued exchange of fire, one suspect was shot and died on the spot while the other three died at Kamuzu Central Hospital where they were being treated to gun wounds.
But police managed to interrogate one suspected who was injured and disclosed that their colleagues were expecting them near Lingadzi Inn.
The suspect identified himself as Samson James Tiyasi from Msandukira Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Tambala in Dedza.
Mushani said police also recovered a pistol and some ammunition from the robbers.