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Cash seized, passengers injured as armed robbers hit cross-border bus

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At least R167 050 and US$7 367 was seized Sunday night from passengers of a Beitbridge bound cross border bus by three armed robbers amid reports of injuries on the bus driver and some passengers.

The incident happened at the 186km peg along the Harare-Masvingo highway near Mvuma Town around 11pm Sunday, police said.

The MBT bus was carrying 66 passengers who included the armed robbers who had boarded it while posing as genuine travellers.

The robbers are said to have suddenly drew some pistols which they used to shoot at passengers before searching them one by one.

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Three people who include the bus driver Lazarus Mungadzi were injured in the incident.

One female passenger was shot in the chest and is reportedly in a critical condition at Gweru Provincial Hospital where she he now admitted.

Cases of robberies on cross border buses targeting mostly Zimbabwean travellers are now common as a lot of locals often embark on the cross-border journeys with loads of money to acquire valuable property such as cars and goods to resell back home.

In June this year, several passengers aboard a Boundary Express bus were left nursing stab wounds when six men armed with pistols, machetes and knives pounced and stripped them of their valuables.

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The incident happened near Mushagashe Business Centre at around midnight just after the Masvingo-Harare tollgate.

February last year, two armed men stormed a Zimbabwe bound Crosswell Logistics cross-border bus and robbed 58 passengers, crew members of thousands of rands and US dollars.

The incident happened between Pretoria and Polokwane in South Africa.

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