Four suspected criminals believed to be Zambians have been shot dead at Tuduma in Tanzania by the Tanzanian police during an exchange of heavy gunfire.
Both Tanzanian police and Muchinga Deputy Commissioner of Police Peter Bubenshi confirmed the incident in an interview at Tuduma yesterday.
Mr. Bubenshi said the four suspected criminals were gunned down at about 11:00 hours on Monday when they staged a day-light robbery at a beer depot located at Songea about six kilometres inside Tuduma town from the Zambian border town of Nakonde.
He said Tanzanian police have since recovered 400,000 Tanzanian Shillings equivalent to K1.6 million, an AK 47 rifle and a semi automatic machine gun (SMG).
One of the dead was also found with a ticket for a Zambian bus operating between Lusaka and Nakonde which showed that he arrived in Nakonde in the morning on Monday and allegedly took part in staging the robbery.
The bodies of the four suspects were lying at Tuduma mortuary awaiting further investigations.
Meanwhile, a team of Zambia Police officers from Chinsali had arrived at Tuduma Tanzania for further investigations.
Mr. Bubenshi said the team will be in Tuduma working with the Tanzanian police to ensure that the case is fully investigated and the source of fire arms traced. -ZANIS