Armed rob­bers ham­mer se­cu­rity guard

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Chronicle - Nqo­bile Tshili

TWO armed rob­bers pounced on a Redan Fuel Sta­tion in Bu­l­awayo’s Mpopoma sub­urb and got away with $150 and a cell­phone af­ter at­tack­ing a se­cu­rity guard with a ham­mer.

Po­lice sources said the Mon­day night rob­bery fol­lowed a sim­i­lar at­tack at a fuel sta­tion in Nketa sub­urb a few days ear­lier.

A Chron­i­cle news crew yes­ter­day vis­ited the Redan Fuel Sta­tion and spoke to the se­cu­rity guard, Mr Brighton Ng­wenya, who was at­tacked by the two rob­bers.

Mr Ng­wenya said his as­sailants ar­rived at the fuel sta­tion at about 9.40PM un­der the pre­text of buy­ing fuel us­ing a R200 note.

“They brought a five litre con­tainer and re­quested that we sell them fuel.

“As we were in the process of at­tend­ing to them, one of them said he didn’t want to be changed us­ing bond coins and US dol­lars. We had an ar­gu­ment with them un­til the other one who was wear­ing a blue work­suit started cool­ing down, say­ing it didn’t mat­ter whether we gave them coins or US dol­lars,” said Mr Ng­wenya.

He said when they thought ev­ery­thing had been re­solved, he was struck on the head with a ham­mer.

“One of the guys pulled a ham­mer and struck me on the head. I man­aged to es­cape from his sec­ond at­tack. As he at­tacked me, his ac­com­plice ap­proached a fuel at­ten­dant and robbed him of the money he had and a Nokia cell­phone,” he said.

Mr Ng­wenya said the rob­bers es­caped on foot, head­ing to­wards Mpopoma sub­urb.

“We called the po­lice who at­tended the scene while I was taken to Mabutweni po­lice sta­tion. That’s where an am­bu­lance was called to take me to Mpilo Cen­tral Hospi­tal. I got three stitches fol­low­ing the in­juries I sus­tained in the at­tack,” he said.

Mr Ng­wenya said he was dis­charged from the hospi­tal the same night.

A po­lice source said the Mpopoma fuel sta­tion raid is sim­i­lar to the one that oc­curred at an­other fuel sta­tion in Nketa sub­urb a few days ago when an un­spec­i­fied sum of money was also stolen.

“Two guys also robbed a fuel fill­ing sta­tion in Nketa us­ing the same modus operandi, pre­tend­ing to be buy­ing petrol be­fore at­tack­ing fuel at­ten­dants and rob­bing them,” said the source.

Act­ing Bu­l­awayo po­lice spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Abed­nico Ncube con­firmed the two in­ci­dents.

He ap­pealed to mem­bers of the pub­lic with in­for­ma­tion that might lead to the ar­rest of the sus­pects to come for­ward. — @nqot­shili.

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