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Machete gang strikes in Silobela, killing one and injuring several

By Thabiso Mdhluli

A MACHETE-WIELDING gang went on a rampage beating up and stabbing people at a business centre in Silobela, Midlands Province, leading to the death of a local man.

Police have confirmed the incident with took place on Sunday this week at a business centre near Crossroads, some 60km west of Kwekwe.

The gang of seven, who are artisanal miners, were drinking beer when they had a misunderstanding with other patrons.

 “The dispute degenerated into a fight and the group later armed themselves with machetes, logs, stones and knives,” police said. “They attacked people at the centre and stabbed a man aged 39 on the chest and abdomen leading to his death.”

Police have since launched a manhunt for suspects who are all still at large. An undisclosed number of people were inured in the melee.

In an unrelated incident, a Filabusi man died from a stab wound at the back of the head.

Police say the unidentified man ran into a bottle store, bleeding profusely and not able to speak. He was ferried to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Investigations are underway and no arrest has been made. – Zimbabwe Voice

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