A GROUP of six criminals in Chipata District of Eastern Province have been reported to have grabbed the dreaded AK 47 Rifle with 20 rounds of ammunition from a Zambia Police service officer.
According to narration by insiders to the matter,Inspector Joseph Banda,47,was armed with the weapon of war to protect Lutembwe Dam when,at 21:00 hours,six men dressed in blue work suites entered his guard zone.
Immediately the criminals got near the cop,they drew their machetes and hacked Inspector Banda and grabbed his fire arm without giving him time to fire even a single warning shot from the 20 bullets in his lethal firearm.
A private security guard who was in the company of Banda was spared from machetes and was just tied up instead.
In confirming the incident,Eastern Province Commissioner of PoliceGeza Lungu said the had been discharged from hospital and investigations into the matter are ongoing.