Police, Soldiers Open Fire At Angry Villagers

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By NewsDay

BEITBRIDGE Police and some army officers on Friday allegedly opened fire at Makakavhule villagers after two of their colleagues were manhandled following an argument about an alleged robbery of R15 000 by security agents.

At the time of publishing, there had been no reports of deaths or injuries from the shooting.

Police spokesman Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said investigations were underway and he would provide more details later.

“I am yet to get full details but investigations are underway,” he said.

A villager identified only as Thembani said he was at a funeral when a relative claiming to have been robbed by policeman and a soldier accompanied by two civilians called.

“I found the soldier and policeman firing guns in the air and I called Beitbridge police who directed me to another senior policeman (Assistant Commissioner Cosmos Masepa) who said he was deploying another team,” said Thembani.

The officer in charge of Beitbridge police district, Chief Superintendent Tichaona Nyongo confirmed receiving a call from Thembani but said he directed him to Masepa.

“I heard the report and I referred Thembani to Assistant Commissioner Masepa,” he said.