Armed robbers pounced again on a Beitbridge bound MB Transport bus, beating up crew and passengers before making off with property and over US$11 000 in cash.
It is the second time in just a month that a bus from the same company has had passengers robbed in the same manner.
According to police, the three suspects boarded the bus from Harare pretending to be genuine passengers and later subjected fellow passengers to the ordeal.
Said police via its official Twitter handle Thursday, “On 23/12/21 at 0345 hours, ZRP Ngundu recorded an armed robbery case involving a MB Transport bus today at 0230 hours. Three suspects disguising as passengers, robbed all the bus occupants property valued at ZAR 566 245, US$11 520 and an Itel P37 cellphone.
“The trio boarded the bus in Harare destined for Beitbridge before one of them suddenly fired a shot on the front screen and ordered the driver to stop. They attacked the driver with a wheel spanner as they demanded cash and valuables from passengers.”
Earlier during the day Thursday, a distressed voice of a woman who was among robbed passengers was heard saying she and fellow passengers were heavily beaten up by the suspects.
“We have been robbed. All our monies have been taken away. We have been robbed at Chivi turn off. The first MB coach that left Mbudzi (long distance bus terminus).
Cases of armed robbers turning on fellow passengers on board long distance buses are now common in the country.
Nealy a week ago, a gang of five armed men struck a Chirundu bound CAG bus with both crew and passengers robbed of more than US$20 000 comprising different currencies.
The robbery occurred on 14 December at about 1830 hours at the 325 km peg along Harare – Chirundu Road where 5 unknown male suspects robbed a CAG bus crew and the passengers onboard, who were travelling to Chirundu of their cash amounting to USD 19 050, R2 000, ZWL $690 and K1 137, and other valuables.
Again the suspects who were armed with an unknown firearm boarded the bus in Karoi pretending to be genuine passengers.
Last month, at least R167 050 and US$7 367 was also seized from passengers of another Beitbridge bound MBT cross border bus by three armed suspects who left the bus driver and some passengers injured.
The incident happened at the 186km peg along the Harare-Masvingo highway near Mvuma Town around 11pm on the day.
The bus was carrying 66 passengers who included the armed robbers who had boarded it from Harare while posing as genuine travellers.