Cops have shot dead five armed robbers in Harare. The gang was accused of robbing two Harare businessmen — Messrs Tawanda Nyambirai and Rodney Dangarembizi — of over US$220 000.

Two of them survived and were arrested. Police recovered four firearms — a CZ, FN Browning, Star pistol and a revolver. Some 19x9mm rounds of ammunition and four 7,65mm rounds of ammunition were also recovered.

A Toyota Fortuner that was being used by detectives to track the suspects was extensively damaged during the shoot-out with bullet holes all over. However, none of the detectives was injured.

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi yesterday confirmedto the Herald  the shoot-out, but said two robbers had been confirmed dead.

“They were operating from South Africa and they were working with their local informants, who supplied  them with information. The gang was using a Mazda BT50 double cab and was involved in a high speed chase with the detectives from CID Homicide. The chase started from Hatfield before they drove along Glenara Avenue and entered into a garage near Rhodesville Police Station,” he said.

The robbers were the first to fire shots, prompting the police to fire back.

“As of now I can only confirm that two of them are dead and we will release more details tomorrow (today) as investigations are still in progress,” said Asst Comm Nyathi.