Two people believed to have been on a armed robbery operation at Kaunda Puma filling station in Lilongwe were shot dead by Malawi Police officers after they exchanged gun-shots and other two were arrested.
Police, acting on a tip off, had the suspects on surveillance and rounded them up as they wanted to rob cash from attendants had accumulated from sales overnight between the newly-constructed Lilongwe West By-pass Road roundabout and Gateway Mall.
Commissioner for the Central Region Demster Chigwenembe said two died instantly and one managed to escape. Two other suspects were successfully arrested and are currently in police custody.
Chigwenembe identified those arrested as as Ngalande Kapalamula, 40, from Chinkombero Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Malili in Lilongwe and Howard Chazemba, 41, of Smith Village, T/A Malili, but based in Area 23.
They were found with an AK 47 assault rifle with 18 rounds of ammunition, a sharp axe, one shock stick, Valium and 20 meticais.
Police continue to investigate and more details on this incident and the previous robberies will be available at a later time, police said.
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