Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander Lazaro Mambosasa said the suspects were first placed under arrest in the police swoop towards the end of November on suspicion of involvement in criminal activities including armed robbery.
He said after interrogation, they agreed to reveal some of the armoury that they are said to have been using, including an AK47 sub-machine gun and two ammunition magazines hidden in the city’s Ubungo suburb.
They also showed the police two motorcycles said to have been stolen during one of their criminal capers, Mambosasa added.
According to the city police chief, on further interrogation the suspects then said they were ready to reveal more guns hidden in the Ununio area.
But on reaching the hideout, one of them tried to grab a gun from the police officers escorting them, and that’s when all hell broke loose.
“As the first suspect was trying to grab the gun, the other two tried to escape, so the officers opened fire on them. They were initially injured but died while being taken to Mwananyamala hospital,” Mambosasa said.
The now deceased suspects are said to have admitted during interrogations that they carried out various robberies in the city, including a November 19 incident in the city’s Kunduchi Mtongani area where two bodaboda drivers were killed and their motorcycles stolen.
Police efforts to end a new crime surge in Dar es Salaam have yielded mixed results so far. Police Occurrence Books are reportedly filled with crimes mostly involving motorcycles, which have put to the test the capacity of officers to protect people and property.
Armed bodaboda gangs are reported to be robbing bars and outlets for money transactions, and also waylaid and murdered people carrying large amounts of money on them. And more often than not, they get away with it.