Police in Kasungu district on Tuesday night shot two criminals who are believed to be part of the gang behind the cases of roof cuttings and robberies in the district.
The two have been identified as Gift Phiri, 16 years and Yusufu Issa, 21, who died while receiving treatment at Kasungu District Hospital.
Kasungu police recently registered some cases where robbers gained an entry into some buildings by cutting the roof and made away with various assorted items.
As the hunting of these wanted criminals were in progress, two criminals were cornered and arrested after being caught red handed cutting the roof of Mbamboyo Shop which also accommodates Airtel Shop.
Inspector Lovemore Wiziramu and Griffin Nyirenda, Sub Inspector Alick Phiri and Detective Sergeant Peter Lipoche cornered the criminals while on private duty at Opportunity International Bank and Nyika Bakery respectively.
“In the middle of the night, officers at OIB noticed that some men were at the top of the building in question cutting the roof. The officers then called their fellows at Nyika who together surrounded the building,” explained police in the district.
“When demanded to come down, the two jumped from the roof and started running away. The four police officers followed them and managed to apprehend Gift Phiri In attempt to apprehend Yusufu Issa, the police fired in the air but he couldn’t stop. He was then shot on the leg and he was then arrested. He was taken to Kasungu District Hospital where he died later”.
Yusufu Issa hailed from Chibwanasamala village, Traditional Authority Kalembo in Balaka district
while Gift Phiri comes from Chingale village, Traditional Authority Mlumbe in Zomba district.
Meanwhile, police are still investigating to arrest other connected suspects.