One killed in fierce gun battle at retired army general’s home


One man was shot dead when he and his six accomplices allegedly broke into the Mount Pleasant home of former Zanu PF national Commissar, Lieutenant-General Engelbert Rugeje (Rtd) in the early hours of Sunday.

The Herald reports that the intruders were beaten back by security personnel on duty in an attempted armed robbery case.

The incident was confirmed by police national spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi who said the “criminals” took advantage of the darkness since there was no electricity in the area for some hours. He said:

“These were purely criminals. There was an exchange of gunfire that left one person dead at Lt-General Engelbert Rugeje’s (Rtd) residence in Mt Pleasant, Harare, involving security personnel and seven suspected criminals in the morning.”

Nyathi also said more information will be released as soon as police are done with the investigations which are already underway.

Reports of gun violence and armed robberies have been increasing in the country lately.

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