Zimbabwe Police shot two people dead in Tarkka timber forest in Manicaland, the ZPR spokesperson has said. The two suspects are reported to have been poaching timber in the Chimanimani forest.
The polcie has released the statement below after the regrettable incident:
“ZRP PRESS STATEMENT 03 JULY 2020 SHOOTING INCIDENT AT TARKKA FOREST, MANICALAND.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police is investigating an unfortunate shooting incident which occurred today at TARKKA forest, Chimanimani where two people died and one was injured when timber poachers clashed with Police officers. The poachers had left a tractor and trailer when Zimbabwe Republic Police deployed members on 1st July 2020 and grouped on 3rd July 2020 before attacking police officers with a Police Sergeant being trampled upon by thirty suspects before other police officers reacted. They fired warning shots which were ignored until the three suspects were shot and taken to Rusitu Mission Hospital. Two suspects died on admission while the other one is currently admitted at the same institution. Police are conducting comprehensive inquiries into this regrettable incident and urge members of the public to observe the law at all times.”
The incident has caused disgruntlement from citizens who believe the police could have been more cautious not to kill the pair.