Armed criminals Wednesday morning raided Nkulumane Police Station in Bulawayo and made away with a number of guns.
Police sources say the raiders stormed the police station around 6am, pointed guns at the terrified police officers and ransacked the gun cabinet before making away with an unspecified number of firearms.
The armed criminals, who are reported to have been five, according to police sources, stormed the station when night duty officers were about to knock off at 6am.
The criminals have not yet been arrested.
The raid is suspected to be an inside job and several police officers, including some who were on duty at the time, were last night said to have been arrested and detained.
“The incident is suspected to be an inside job because of the manner of the raid and theft of firearms,” said a police source. “The police officers who were present at the time have been arrested.”
NewsDay could not independently verify the number of police officers who were present at the time of the raid and the number of guns that the armed criminals made away with.
Another police source added: “The general belief in the force is that police officers at Nkulumane were working in cahoots with ex-force members because the criminals seemed to know the police station very well as they apparently did not have problems locating the gun cabinet.”
Bulawayo police spokesperson Bhekimpilo Ndlovu referred NewsDay to his superiors in Harare.
Senior Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena promised “to investigate the issue” but his phone became unreachable up to the time of going to press.
Superintendent Oliver Mandipaka also said he was still investigating the issue and he could therefore not confirm whether or not the raid had indeed taken place.
A recent report by the police reveal that in the first half of the year police recorded over 75 cases of armed robbery compared to about 33 recorded during the same period last year.
The raid at Nkulumane Police Station comes weeks after Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri declared that police had adopted a “shoot-to-kill” policy when confronted by armed criminals.