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 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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :