'Bandits' die in police trap, in targeting GS warehouse

26May 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
'Bandits' die in police trap, in targeting GS warehouse
  • One pistol recovered

​​​​​​​POLICE in Dar es Salaam have killed seven suspected armed bandits and seized a pistol (Beretta) with three bullets, Special Zone Commander Lazaro Mambosasa confirmed yesterday.

Lazaro Mambosasa.

The RPC told journalists that the incident occurred early Monday when suspected criminals attempted to force their way into a GS Group Ltd warehouse located near Coca Cola in Mwenge, Kinondoni District.

“Our special police task force was earlier tipped off on the planned invasion at the warehouse,” he said.

The suspected bandits arrived in a Toyota Noah with registration number T 956 BYA and started firing at the police who were on patrol after they suspected that they were being monitored, he said.

The suspected gangsters attempted to escape from the police in their vehicle but they stopped at a place and started firing at the police. Police fired back and injured all the seven suspected bandits who died while undergoing treatment at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH), the zonal commander narrated.

Police also found them with various traditional weapons and a mobile phone, he said.

The nurse who attended to them said the suspected criminals died from serious bleeding caused by gunshot wounds, he cited.

He warned those planning to conduct different crimes in the city to be aware that police are well prepared to tackle all sorts of crimes through a special task force.

“Let the people celebrate Eid el-Fitr in peace. We are thankful that the city is calm as residents continue with their income generating activities,” he stated.

State and regional authorities have relaxed controls on various gatherings after rapid decreased number of Covid-19 cases.

 “We allowed people to go the beaches during Eid el-Fitr with conditions that they take care of themselves by observing guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health,” the RPC noted.

He commended city residents for collaborating with the police, tipping them on likely crime incidents.

In January, police in the Dar es Salaam Special Zone killed three suspected armed robbers and seized a gun that had one of its numbers erased.

The incident occurred at Magomeni when police were conducting routine patrols, with the suspected bandits  killed during an exchange of fire with the police.

Police said early investigations showed that the suspected robbers were engaged in a number of crimes in Dar es Salaam and its neighbourhood.

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