15 Armed Robbers Raid Sleeping Miners, Escape With Gold and Valuables Worth Thousands
A group of 15 armed robbers reportedly attacked Sunny Boy 9 Mine in Gweru, where they assaulted seven artisanal miners and looted various items, including cellphones, gold, detonators, fuses, and mercury estimated to be worth thousands of dollars.
According to Midlands provincial police spokesperson Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko, the incident took place on 2 February around 2 AM along Matobo Road in Gweru.
Mahoko explained that the artisanal miners were asleep in their cabin at Sunny Boy 9 Mine when the 15 robbers arrived in two vehicles, the registration numbers of which were not captured.
The suspects allegedly approached the mine from different directions armed with axes, knives, and iron bars. One of the robbers reportedly entered a separator room and stole mercury.
Afterward, they proceeded to the miners’ cabin, where they assaulted them with hands and knives, demanding gold and money
The robbers made off with cash and other valuables totaling US$2,260 before fleeing the scene.
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