Police have on Friday arrested two on suspicion of terrorising foreign and other business people and robbing them of phones, laptops and money in Mangochi.
Mangochi Police Spokesperson, Sub inspector Amina Tepani Dadu has confirmed to The Malawi Guardian the development.
The suspects are identified as Kassan Omar who is 31-year-old from M’baluku Village, Traditional Authority Chowe and Muhammad Allie, 28 from Mwanyama Village, Traditional Authority Mponda both in Mangochi.
Mangochi Police records show that from March to June this year, unknown criminals have been committing serious breaking targeting foreign and local business owners in the district.
During the aforementioned period, a number of houses were broken into and the criminals went away with assorted cellphones, 3 laptops and K8 million cash.
On June 8, 2022, the criminals who were armed with panga knives and metal bars and using a dark blue unregistered VW Polo motor vehicle, broke into a house of a well-known Pakistan business man, Asif Malik. During the attack, the criminals tied the watchmen and assaulted the owner before breaking away with K350,000 and two cellphones.
Following this, Mangochi Police Station detectives invaded the ground and on the wee hours of June 9, 2022 intercepted the suspects in the said motor vehicle near Victoria Forex Bureau after their mission failed at one of the Asian national’s shop within the township.
The suspects were found with two sharpened panga knives, black head masks, 3 pliers, metal bars and other breaking equipments hidden in the motor vehicle which has also been seized.
Meanwhile the motor vehicle and panga knives have been positively identified by victims while one plier has been identified to have been stolen from one of the victims.
The matter is still under investigations to arrest their accomplices and recover the stolen property.