Two Rundu men shot during an alleged robbery
02 Nov 2017 18:10pm
RUNDU, 02 NOV (NAMPA) Two Rundu men, aged 29 and 30, are fighting for their lives in the Rundu State Hospital after they were shot and wounded while allegedly trying to rob a passenger in their taxi.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)s Kavango East crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Bonifatius Kanyetu told Nampa on Thursday that the shooting incident involved a passenger who reportedly got into a taxi at Rundu and asked the driver to take him to Kaisosi informal settlement, some five kilometres east of Rundu.
While driving along the Trans-Caprivi highway, the driver is said to have suddenly pulled off the road and began robbing the passenger of his money and other valuables, with the assistance of two other passengers who were already in the vehicle with him.
Unbeknownst to the robbing trio, the passenger, who had originally travelled from Windhoek, was armed with a handgun which he reportedly pulled out and fired shots at two of the robbers.
The third robber managed to get out of the car and ran away, the deputy commissioner said.
Kanyetu said after the shooting, the passenger quickly got out of the taxi and ran to the sub police station in Kaisosi to report the matter.
A case of attempted robbery was opened against the two injured men, while a case of attempted murder was also opened against the passenger to investigate the grounds for the shooting. The passenger has not been arrested.
Kanyetu said the case will be sent to the Office of the Prosecutor General for a decision regarding whether the passengers actions were justified.