LAW enforcement officers in Dar es Salaam Special Police Zone have arrested nine suspected bandits with seven firearms and 75 rounds of ammunition in two separate operations conducted in Dar es Salaam and Coast regions.
The suspects include four citizens of Burundi with a local contact, one Rashid Mselem, a resident of Pugu Kajiungeni, according to the Dar es Salaam Special Police Zone Commander, Mr Suleiman Kova.
At a news conference in Dar es Salaam, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Kova said the arrests were made following a tip-off from good Samaritans. According to the DCP, the operation was conducted between November 26 and 28, this year, as the Police Force got tough on crimes which are usually on the rise towards the end of year festivities.
DCP Kova said the four Burundian suspects with their local accomplices were found in possession of six pistols and 62 bullets. "The pistols were of different makes. They included a Beretta, a Star Makroon and a Chinese make. Some of them had registration numbers while others didn't," he explained.
At the time of the arrest, the suspected robbers were in possession of five laptops, 1,900 US dollars and 70,000/- in cash as well as currencies from Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi. According to the DCP, the six suspects were also found with a Toyota Corolla with registration number T 745 AZB, two passports issued in Burundi and two cellphones.
The Burundians were Mnaziri Abdulkarim, Uwimana Gervas, Ilahunda Francis and Issa Shaban. Their suspected local "partners in crime" include Mr Yahya Mussa and Rashid Hussein. "After interrogation, the suspects mentioned a person known as Rashid Mselem alias Chidi or Mwaibula, a resident of Pugu Kajiungeni.
He was also arrested with a motorcycle that we believe it has been used in crime," the police chief elaborated. "In another incident, we arrested four robbers at Ikwiriri in Coast region. They were found with a sub-machine gun (SMG) with registration number UG7261.
The gun had one bullet in its chamber. A further 10 bullets were recovered from one of them," he explained. They were also found with a two-way radio, a Motorola GP 340, and other items believed to be used in criminal activities.