By ALICE NACHILEMBE
A-28-year old Policeman has been shot dead while two toll gate collectors raped by unknown criminals at Kalense toll gate in Kasama.
And Police have launched a manhunt for the cases of Murder, Aggravated Robbery and Rape which occurred on October 8, 2021 between 02:00 hours and 04:00 hours.
Police Spokesperson Rea Hamoonga has identified the Police Officer under Protective Unit Constable Lungu Wilson who was shot twice in the chest and left leg by the unknown criminals and died on the spot.
Mr Hamoonga said he sustained bullet wounds on the chest and in left leg.
He said brief facts of the matter are that whilst the Police officer was on duty with two female toll collectors, employees of National Road Fund Agency in Kasama, they were attacked by unknown armed criminals.
Mr Hamongo said upon viewing the CCTV footage, the footage shows a criminal armed with a pistol, clad with a head sock and mask while holding a torch, shot the officer twice in the chest and on his left leg in one of the rooms and sustained bullet wounds.
He said later on the criminal grabbed an AK 47 rifle with 30 rounds of Ammunition and further threatened the two female toll collectors to open the safe and stole K38, 425, cash money, a cell phone for the officer and two cell phones belonging to the toll collectors.
“Immediately after the act, he abducted the two female toll collectors as he ordered them to take off the National Road Fund Agency (NFRA) reflective jackets and took them in the nearby bush about 200 metres away from the toll gate where he raped them,” he said.
Mr Hamonga said the body of the officer has been deposited in Kasama General Hospital Mortuary awaiting postmortem while the victims of rape were rushed to the Hospital for treatment.
He said Zambia Police Service will use all legal means to ensure that the culprits are brought to book.
“We would like to appeal to the general public who may have information that shall lead to the successful apprehension and prosecution of these criminals behind this heinous crime to report to the nearest police station,” he said.