By Abimbola Ogunnaike with agency report
Tanzanian police have confirmed the killing of seven suspected armed robbers who were on a mission to ambush a bus in the country’s northwest region of Kagera bordering Rwanda and Uganda,
The Kagera Regional Police Commander, Revocatus Malimi, said the killed suspects were found in possession of a military firearm with 11 rounds of ammunition and a hand grenade.
Malimi told a news conference in the Bukoba municipality on Wednesday that the suspects were killed in Biharamulo district on Tuesday after an exchange of fire with the police.
“The police received a tip-off that a group of armed gangsters was organizing to waylay a bus along the Biharamulo-Kigoma highway,” he said.
The police chief added that police rushed to the area and rounded up the suspects who started to fire at the police after they realised that their mission had been bungled.
“The police responded by firing at the suspects, injuring them seriously,” he said, adding that the suspects died on the way to hospital.