LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Barely a few minutes after a report of the stolen vehicle, Police in Lilongwe managed to recover the vehicle in a dramatic exchange of fire with the robbers.
According to Nolliettie Chihana Chimala, Central Region Public Relations Officer the incident happened on Wednesday afternoon when the Police received a call that unknown two thugs have robbed off a car, Toyota Sienta registration number LL 8511 at Four Seasons in Area 12.
The car belongs to Albon Mataula, 31 years from Katimbiri village, Traditional Authority (T.A) Kanyenda in Nkhotakota district.
Chimala told The Maravi Post that upon the receipt of the information, the Anti-motor Vehicle Theft Unit at Central Region Police Headquarters maneuvered strategically to round up the robbers who had taken a route heading for Biwi triangle using Chidzanja road.
They were intercepted head-on along the same Chidzanja road.
The police publicist added that upon the interception, the robbers who were armed with unidentified short guns started firing at the Police but the police never retreated.
As a result, there was a fierce exchange of fire between the law enforcers and the robbers.
“Fearing that they were about to be defeated, the robbers diverted to a nearby dust road in an effort to escape but the police were close after them. Due to high speeding, the thugs lost control of the vehicle and thereafter run into a brick fence. As fires were being exchanged, one robber was shot dead while the other one managed to escape.
“The robbers are yet to be identified but the stolen vehicle got recovered. The body of the robber who was shot dead is being kept at Kamuzu Central Hospital mortuary,” explains Chihana.
She adds; “Police are therefore appealing to any person with information which might lead to the identification and arrest of the robber to come forward. Police will treat such information with prudence and professionalism”.