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German docs, reporter die on Bottom Road

NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
TWO German doctors along with their driver and a Muvi television journalist, have died in a road traffic accident after the Toyota Prado they were travelling in collided with a construction vehicle on Bottom Road in Gwembe.
And two bandits have been shot dead after breaking into a house belonging to Chinese nationals at a mine in Chambishi.  Two others sustained gunshot wounds.
Police spokesperson Charity Chanda said in a statement yesterday that the accident happened on Tuesday around 11:00 hours at Muyumbwe, about 80kms from Siavonga.
“The accident happened after the driver of the Toyota Prado, registration number ABE 2493, failed to keep to his lane and collided with an unregistered construction vehicle working on the Bottom Road,” Ms Chanda said.
She said the three Germans died on the spot while the journalist, Priscilla Phakati, died upon arrival at Siavonga District Hospital.
“The quartet was heading to Chaanga Rural Health Centre where they were scheduled to attend to the local people with dental problems,” Ms Chanda said.
She said the bodies are in Siavonga District Hospital mortuary.
Meanwhile, two bandits have been shot dead after breaking into a house belonging to Chinese nationals at a mine in Chambishi while two others sustained gunshot wounds.
Ms Chanda said the incident happened last Wednesday around 01:00 hours.
She said the criminals, who were armed with an M56 rifle, attacked the Chinese nationals after they gained entry into their premises by breaking burglar bars.
“Two criminals were gunned down by an alert victim’s neighbour while two others sustained injuries at a mine in Chambishi where they had gone to stage an aggravated robbery in the company of nine others,” Mrs Chanda said.
She said the robbers beat up the victims and a security guard before stealing goods worth K25,000.
“Three out of those who escaped have since been arrested and are currently in custody while a manhunt has been launched for the remaining six,” Mrs Chanda said.
She said an M56 rifle with 31 rounds of ammunition and implements for housebreaking were recovered at the crime scene.
Ms Chanda said investigations into the case have continued.




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