A WOMAN was killed and three other passengers injured yesterday morning when two armed robbers pretending to be passengers attacked a Beitbridge-bound bus and robbed passengers of cash and other valuables just outside the border town.
BY REX MPHISA
The Smart Bus Service driver points to a bullet hole from a pistol fired by armed robbers in Beitbridge yesterday
The suspects allegedly ordered the driver to stop at Mapai School turn-off before robbing fellow passengers and the crew.
Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the incident and said investigations were underway.
Witnesses said one of the robbers indiscriminately fired at the passengers and shot four, including Margaret Mungani who died on admission to Beitbridge District Hospital.
The pair is alleged to have then robbed other passengers of an undisclosed amount of cash and cellphones before disappearing into the darkness.
The bus driver, Lovi Dama, told police that one of the robbers walked from the back of the bus to the front and asked to be dropped off around 3:30am, but instead started brandishing a pistol before firing a shot into the air, ordering everyone to lie down.
“He stood near me and ordered me off the wheel, and then started firing shots. He asked all people to hand over cash and mobile phones,” Dama said.
The robber’s alleged accomplice collected cash and phones from passengers before the two men bolted.
Dama said as soon as the robbers left, he drove to Beitbridge Police Station to get help for the injured.
The bus crew said one of the robbers boarded the bus in Mutare, while his accomplice got in at Birchenough Bridge.