Police swoops net 87, ‘Scorpion’ accomplices

POLICE in Dar es Salaam have arScorpion and his criminal network stand accused of various armed robberies, with the latest crime being the attack, stab and piercing the eyes of Said Mrisho, blinding him for life.

Scorpion has already been arraigned before a city court, charged with armed robbery.

The Dar es Salaam Police Special Zone’s anti-robbery unit has also shot and wounded two out of the five suspected armed bandits who were attempting to rob at Vingunguti industrial area in Ilala District yesterday morning.

The injured suspects were allegedly found in possession of a gun and six bullets. Dar es Salaam Special Zone Commander Simon Sirro told reporters in the city that the 87 suspects were netted during the comprehensive police swoops at Buguruni, Vingunguti, Kiluvya, Gongo la mboto, Ukonga, Banana, Tandika, Kunduchi, Kawe and Keko areas. Some of the suspects were found in possessions of 148 litres of local liquors, 95 pellets and 48 bundles of bhang.

“In the preliminary interrogation, the suspects have admitted to have participated in several crimes, including robberies with violence at various streets in the city. The suspects will appear before the court once investigations are complete,” said Commander Sirro.

The Zonal Police chief also confirmed that in a separate incident, the law enforcers shot two of the five suspected armed bandits who attempted to commit the crime at Vingunguti industrial area.

They had endeavoured to exchange fire with the police officers. According to Commander Sirro, the suspects were found with Mark IV gun with sliced butt, five rounds of ammunitions in the magazine and one bullet in the chamber.

They were using a black Boxer motorcycle, with registration number T787 BEP. “It was just around 09:30 in the morning at Vingunguti area, five suspects with the gun tried to rob one of the industries... however, the police had already been tipped-off about the incident and set a trap to net the suspects,” said Commander Sirro, adding that the suspects opened fire to the police when they were ordered to surrender.

The RPC concealed the names of the suspects, pending investigations. He said during the fire exchange, two of the five suspects were injured and rushed to Muhimbili National Hospital for medical treatments, with rigorous manhunt launched on the escapees.rested 87 suspects, including the accomplices of Salum Njwete, alias, Scorpion, over various charges.

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