MASERU — A third year student from the National University of Lesotho (NUL) was shot dead by unknown men in Roma, theSunday Express heard this week.
Reports indicate that the student, a 40-year-old man, was shot by two men who broke into his rented off-campus quarters on that fateful Monday evening. He died later in hospital.
Maseru Rural District Police Commissioner Senior Superintendant Teboho Masaile said the man is said to have been at his residence preparing supper when two unknown men attacked him.
“They pointed guns at him and demanded that he gives them his wallet and car keys, to which he obliged. After robbing him of the said items, they are said to have shot him before fleeing the scene,” Masaile said.
He said the man was later taken to hospital by his neighbours who had heard him calling for help.
“He was taken to the St Joseph Hospital where he was transferred to Queen ‘Mamohato Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead,” he said.
Masaile said the suspects, who are still at large, did not steal the car although they are still in possession of the keys.
The deceased was a student in the Faculty of Humanities. Meanwhile, NUL Student Representative Council (SRC) president, Lefu Thaela, said
students were shaken by the death of one of them.
“The students are saddened by this gruesome murder. Those who stay at the same flats with him said they heard the gun shots. Some said they saw two men leave his room and go to a get-away car that was parked by the road and drive off,” Thaela said.
He said he and other students had the opportunity to see him at St Joseph’s Hospital before he was transferred.
“He was still conscious when we visited him at hospital. He even recounted the incident to us. He was later referred Queen ‘Mamohato Memorial Hospital because he had lost a lot of blood. We were hoping he would recover but were shocked when we were informed that he had died,” he said.
He said the students were concerned about the recurrent instances of attacks on students.
Many students at NUL have claimed that they had been assaulted, bullied and even had their money and laptops stolen.
He said that in November one student was brutally stabbed but was lucky to survive.
He said after that incident, senior police officers had convened a meeting for landlords of properties mostly inhabited by students in an attempt to address the crisis.
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