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Police officer, robber killed in cash heist

Unknown criminals on Saturday shot dead police Sub-inspector Yohane Mabutao and went away with over K6 million collected from an OG Plastics shops in Limbe, Blantyre.

Meanwhile, one unknown suspect was also shot dead in gunfire that involved a surviving police officer identified as Constable Phiri and the criminals, The Daily Times has established.

National Police Spokesperson, Rhoda Manjolo, confirmed the incident which also resulted in Phiri and an officer from OG Plastics, Muhammad Sami, being severely injured.

Manjolo said OG Plastics hired the two police officers from B Division Company to collect money from the company’s shops in Limbe.

“After finishing collecting the money, the crew started off heading to their head office at Maselema. When they entered into the compound, a Nissan Tiida which was following them also got into the compound.

“One criminal suspect jumped from the Tiida car carrying a bottle of acid. The suspect reached to the car carrying the money and poured the acid into the face of Inspector Mabutao. Later Constable Phiri sensed danger and fired gunshots that killed the suspect on the spot,” explained Manjolo.

According to Manjolo, this action forced other suspects, who are still at large, to jump out of the car and pick the gun which was in the possession of the deceased suspect and fired at the crew that was in the OG plastic’s vehicle.

This, she said, resulted in the death of Mabutao. Constable Phiri and Sami were also wounded in the legs and both are currently admitted to Blantyre Adventist Hospital.

“It is unfortunate that as we are talking now we have lost one of our police officers in the line of duty. But it is a success in the sense that the criminal shot dead has been identified as one of the notorious criminals who has been terrorising the city of Blantyre,” she said.

Manjolo said the vehicle used by the criminals was later dumped close to Katimba CCAP Church in Limbe.

Sub-Inspector Mabutao was laid to rest yesterday at Thukuta Village in Traditional Authority Thukuta in Thyolo.

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