POLICE have shot dead two criminals while two others managed to get away with K337, 000 in a daylight robbery at Shoprite stores at the new Salama Park Twin Palm shopping mall in Lusaka.
The incident happened around 13:40 hours when an Armaguard Security Limited crew was attacked after it collected cash boxes.
Lusaka Police Commissioner Charity Katanga confirmed this in an interview yesterday.
She said two other civilians identified as employees of Subway were also shot and injured during a fierce exchange of gunfire at the robbery scene.
Ms Katanga said three employees of Amarguard Security Limited in a Toyota pickup twin cab with canopy registration number ALP 4794 who included the driver Warren Maambo, 35, of house number 27/7 John Laing and another employee accompanied by another Amarguard driver Abel Mawila of Chawama went to pick up cash boxes from Shoprite stores at Salama Park Shopping Mall in the company of a paramilitary police officer when they were attacked by armed robbers.
“Two armed robbers armed with an AK 47 and an iron bar respectively approached the two Armarguard officers who were coming out at the shop entrance with the cash boxes, but after some resistance which alarmed the police officer, the one with the iron bar hit the officer who staggered to the ground but still managed to shoot his attacker on the leg.
“This alerted the other robber with the firearm who then started to shoot anyhow forcing the officer to take cover.
“But the police officer managed to shoot the assailant in the head and he dropped dead, and during that confusion, two other robbers emerged on the scene and picked up the cash boxes and managed to flee the scene in a get-away car parked nearby,” she said.
Ms Katanga explained that the officer then shot and killed the second bandit who was shot in the leg as he tried to limp away towards the get-away car.
She named the two injured civilians as Mwandu Kaluba who was shot in the stomach and was admitted to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) while the other Nicholas Katingwa who suffered gunshot wounds in the upper right arm was admitted to Levy Mwanawasa Hospital.
She said Police managed to recover the AK 47 that was used in the robbery, while the bodies of the two robbers were in the UTH mortuary.