Man devoured by crocodiles while panning for gold

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A 48 YEAR-OLD-MAN is feared dead after the police attended a report of drowning at the crocodile-infested Hunyani River.

Police said the missing man may have been devoured by crocodiles while panning for gold in the river.

No body has been recovered yet.

The incident comes after a 27-year-old man believed to be part of machete-wielding gang on Wednesday was shot dead by a security guard at a mine in Battlefields, Kadoma.

The incident occurred after a gang of 60 illegal miners armed with axes and pangas invaded the mine.

According to a Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) report, three security guards were manning the premises when the incident occurred.

It is alleged that guards ordered the illegal artisanal miners to leave the premises, but were resisted.

The police memo further states that the deceased was armed and threatening to open fire.

One of the security guards, however, opened fire first, instantly killing one of the illegal artisanal miners.

“The deceased was part of about 60 illegal miners who raided a mine being manned by three guards. When they were challenged to leave, one of the deceased who was armed with an axe and knife menacingly advanced towards the security personnel,” a police memo said.

The rest of the illegal miners fled following the shooting incident.

The ZRP has warned that all perpetrators of violence would be dealt with without fear or favour.

Meanwhile, police have noted with concern that some illegal miners were now in the habit of searching for gold near key infrastructure such as roads, clinics, railway lines and schools in towns like Chegutu.

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