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Businesswoman, daughter held hostage in their home

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Letsoso Phahla (2)A Sekamaneng businesswoman and her daughter were on Thursday night held hostage in their home by three armed robbers.
The incident, which has since been confirmed by the police, took place in the family’s residence located near the Sekamaneng Shopping Complex.

Superintendent Phahla Letsosa of the Mabote Police Station yesterday said the women had just arrived home at around 9pm, when the mother saw a man holding a gun as she went to put her car keys in the bedroom.
“The women were coming from Motsekuoa in Mafeteng District, and when they arrived home, the mother decided to go and put her car-keys in the bedroom.
“But before she could leave the sitting room and go into the bedroom, she saw a man holding a gun, with his face covered. And before she could recover from the shock of seeing the gunman in her own living room, she saw two more men entering the room, also holding guns and with their faces covered,” said Letsosa.

Letsosa further said the three men then demanded money from the businesswoman, before one of them started searching her handbag and found M200, which he pocketed. Letsosa said the woman’s husband was at his shop, when the robbery was taking place.

“The suspects then demanded all the woman’s ATM cards and their secret codes. After being given two cards, one with M10 000 and the other M300, the robbers took the woman’s car and proceeded to the ATM where they withdrew M4 000.”
Letsosa, however said the car was later found abandoned in Khubetsoana yesterday.
“The suspects have not been arrested but we are still continuing with our investigations,” Letsosa said.

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