Lilongwe Police recovers stolen vehicle, rescues victim

Lilongwe Police Station vehicle patrol team, on Independence Day, July 6, recovered a Nissan NP200 motor vehicle that unknown criminals stole from a certain pharmacist, near Mchinji roundabout, along the Lilongwe bypass road, and rescued its victim after he was severely wounded by thugs, at around 20:30 hours.

Inspector Hastings Chigalu said on the said night, a certain man (name withheld), was driving a Nissan vehicle registration number BR 4386, from Likuni heading Area 47, via the Lilongwe bypass road.

“Upon arrival at a place between the Lilongwe Grand Business Park and Mchinji roundabout along the Bypass road, his vehicle ran out of fuel. He parked it by the roadside, and went to buy fuel at Kaunda filling station on a hired motorcycle.

The recovered vehicle

“But after refueling it, before he started off, four unknown thugs while armed with panga knives, emerged from the bush, and smashed both the driver, and passenger’s glasses. They then pulled the driver out of the vehicle, and hacked him severely before letting him to escape,” explained Chigalu.

“However, soon after the thugs took control of the vehicle, before they could start off, Lilongwe Police Rapid Response Team that was on normal vehicle patrols on the said night arrived at the scene, a thing that made the thugs to immediately abandon the vehicle and disappeared into the darkness,” Chigalu further added.

Chigalu said: “Later on, after the law enforcers had already taken the vehicle to the station, without knowing who the owner was, the team then came across the victim in Area 46. He was shouting for help, while bleeding heavily.

“This is when he narrated his ordeal, before police revealed the good news to him that his vehicle was successfully recovered from the thugs. Meanwhile, a manhunt for the suspects who only went away with an itel cellphone, and K7, 000 cash, is underway.”

In the meantime, Lilongwe Police wishes to assure people that it has put in place various strategies that will curb crime so that there is maximum safety and security of both residents and visitors in the capital city.

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