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Police Shoot Dead Two Robbery Suspects in Harare

Two suspected robbers, who were involved in 10 cases of armed robbery since 2019, were killed by police on Tuesday.

The deceased, identified as Israel Zulu, 50, and David Dausi Takawira, 43, were shot dead by CID Homicide Harare detectives.

They had been arrested in Mutare on Monday, as per a statement by Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, the national police spokesperson.

Nyathi said the duo was shot at Manyame River, Southlea Park, Harare, where they had taken the detectives to recover the weapons they had used in their crimes.

“The suspects told the CID Homicide Harare detectives that they had stashed their firearms in a bush near Manyame River, Southlea Park.

“When they reached the spot, the suspects attempted to flee, taking advantage of the weather conditions, and a gunfight ensued.

“As a result, the detectives fired at the suspects and rushed them to Sally Mugabe Hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival.

“Unfortunately, the suspects did not survive their injuries and died at Sally Mugabe Hospital,” Nyathi said.

Nyathi did not explain why the notorious criminals, who were accused of one of the most serious offences in the world, were not handcuffed during their escort by the detectives.

Zulu and Takawira, along with their accomplices, are linked to 10 armed robbery cases that occurred between 2019 and October 2022 in Harare and Bulawayo.

One of the incidents was a robbery at a business establishment on College Road in Mount Pleasant, Harare, on November 19, 2021.

A security guard was assaulted and US$362,000.00 and ZWL$28,539.00 cash was stolen in the incident.