By Aubrey Thom Vakhani
A manhunt is underway in Chikwawa for a group of ten robbers who attacked two European Union (EU) mission observers and robbed them of cash and valuable property.
Confirming the development, Chikwawa Police Station public relations officer Sergeant Foster Benjamin said the observers have been identified as Mario Orru, 51, and a lady, Slavena Lieva, 40.
“The incident occurred on Sunday May 12 around 2 o’clock in the morning at Memories Lodge where the two were putting up since April 18. About 10 thugs, armed with panga knives and disguised in masks, stormed into the lodge after tying up both the watchman and the receptionist using mosquito nets,” said Benjamin.
He said the thugs stormed into Orru’s room and demanded cash at a knifepoint.
“They hacked him on the back of his head and lower lip before making off with a laptop, two cellphones and cash amounting to K1.3 million. The criminals went on invading Lieva’s room where they stole cash amounting to 500 United States dollars,” explained Benjamin.
Meanwhile, investigations are still ongoing to arrest the thugs.
Police are calling on anyone with information to come forward and help them in apprehending the suspects.