16 August 2013

Mozambique: Police On Trail of Cop Killers

Maputo — The Mozambican police claims that it is in possession of clues that will lead to the arrest of the group that murdered a policeman on Wednesday afternoon in the Liberdade neighbourhood of the southern city of Matola.

The policeman was murdered during an assault against a sales post belonging to the electricity company EDM. The criminals pretended to be clients interested in purchasing the electricity vouchers known as CREDELEC. But once inside the post, they threatened the EDM workers and genuine clients.

According to a report in Friday's issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”, they stole the day's takings of 98,513 meticais (about 3,280 US dollars), and then made their getaway - but not before shooting and fatally wounding the police officer on duty at the post. The policeman was rushed to Maputo Central Hospital, but died of his injuries on the journey.

The spokesperson for the Maputo Provincial Police Command, Joao Machava, said that police teams have been on the ground investigating “from the moment we became aware of this case. We already have clues and we are working to make arrests within the next few days”.

Machava said the police have clear information that will lead to locating the four members of the gang who attacked the EDM post. He declined to give any further details about these clues.

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