Police kill 3 suspected bandits in shootout

28May 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Police kill 3 suspected bandits in shootout

THREE suspected bandits including a woman have been gunned down by police in Dar es Salaam city after a failed attempt to raid and rob money from one of the houses at Seremala Street in Kigogo-Fresh, Kinondoni district.

Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander, Lazaro Mambosasa .

Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander, Lazaro Mambosasa told journalists yesterday that the house they planned to raid is owned by a treasurer of a women group dubbed ‘Umoja Group’. He said the incident occurred on May 25, this year at 8pm.

Mambosasa said that police were tipped off by a Good Samaritan thus decided to patrol the area and managed to kill three gangsters including a woman. He said that police also recovered two pistols and three bullets.

“We were informed that robbers were planning to raid a house belonging to Ally Dastan (66), husband to Moshi Said (56) who is the chairperson and treasurer of ‘Umoja Group’”, said the RPC noting that police killed the suspected bandits in an exchanged gunfire.

He said the suspects died as they were taken to Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) for treatment. He said police are searching for other two people who escaped during incident.

On November 26, last year Police in Dar es Salaam killed six suspected bandits who were on an attempt to rob a wealthy businessman.

Mambosasa was quoted as saying the suspected bandits were armed with an AK47 military firearm and 11 rounds of ammunition.

"One of the dead bodies had an identification card showing he was working in Burundi," Mambosasa said, adding that police rounded and attacked the suspects at between 3.30 a.m. and 4 a.m. local time at Ubungo area where the businessman was traveling to Morogoro with a huge amount of money.

"We cannot release the name of the businessman for security reasons," said the police officer.

Mambosasa said preliminary investigations showed that the suspects had previously stolen huge amounts of money in Dar es Salaam and Geita regions.

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