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11 armed robbers nabbed at crime scene

- BY MIRIAM MANGWAYA • Follow Miriam on Twitter @FloMangway­a

ELEVEN suspected armed robbers were arrested yesterday morning after being caught red-handed attacking a 30-year-old at Maruta shopping centre along Seke Road.

Police spokespers­on Assistant Commission­er Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrest of the gang members, who were armed with two rifles, iron bars, a sjambok and a catapult.

Nyathi said investigat­ions were underway to establish the origin of the firearms.

He said police who were manning a roadblock along SekeDelpor Road received a tip-off that a 30-year-old male was being attacked by an 11-member gang at Maruta shopping centre.

They abandoned the roadblock and attended the scene, where they intercepte­d the robbers before they had committed the robbery.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police has intensifie­d efforts to account for robbery syndicates who are moving around the country attacking members of the public who include motorists, business people and people walking and moving alone,” Nyathi said.

Last week, four suspected armed robbers, including a serving member of the Zimbabwe Republic Police, were killed in a shootout with the police after they robbed a Harare businessma­n of US$10 000.

Two other gangsters who survived the shootout were arrested.

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