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Armed robbers kill security guard in Lower Thamae

’Mantoetse Maama and Poloko Peo


MASERU — Armed robbers killed a security guard at a hardware store in Lower Thamae on Monday night.

Police spokesperson Thato Ramarikhoane told the Sunday Express that the five robbers stormed in the store and shot the 25-year-old guard before ordering workers and customers to lie down as they looted the goods.

The guard was declared dead upon arrival at Queen ’Mamohato Memorial Hospital.

Ramarikohane said they stole M2 000, airtime and a pump action shotgun that belonged to the guard.

“It was reported that at around 6:30 pm when report was made at Thamae police station that security guard was shot during the armed robbery.

“When the men arrived at the store they shot the guard and ordered the customers to lie down,” Ramarikhoane said.

“The men who were armed with a pistol went to the cash box and took M2 000, airtime and the security’s firearm then fled the scene.

“The amount of airtime stolen was not disclosed,” he said.

“The security guard was rushed to Queen ’Mamohato where he was declared dead. He had an open wound on the neck and another exit wound on the right scapula.”

The five robbers are still at large.

In a separate incident, two Basotho men appeared before the Quthing Magistrate court facing charges of abusing drugs on Tuesday.

The prosecution says the men have contravened Drugs Abuse Act of 2008.

The two men aged between 37 and 41 were found in possession of dagga weighing around 98 kilograms.

They did not have documents that gave them the right to be in possession of dagga.

They were driving a Toyota Hilux with the South African registration number.

The suspects were released on a free bail and they will appear in court again.

The vehicle was impounded by police as they are still investigating whether it belonged to the suspects or not.

“In some cases the criminals use stolen vehicle to commit crime so we are still waiting to find out if anybody will come claiming ownership of the vehicle,” he said.

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