ZNA soldier kills four villagers using AK47 service rifle

by Tulip Charowa

A SOLDIER armed with his service AK47 rifle shot seven people and killed four of them after they confronted him on allegations he was dating a 14-year-old local girl.

The incident took place in Turf, Mhondoro-Ngezi and the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) officer is yet to be arrested and his rifle remains unaccounted for.

Initial reports indicated that the soldier also dealt in gold when off duty.

Police have confirmed the incident which left the other locals seriously injured, nearly all of them critical.

The suspect went for drinking beer with a colleague at Wanganui Shopping Centre in Turf in the company of a colleague. The AK47 was loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition.

During the beer drinking, a local villager identified as Brian Mutero confronted the accused for allegedly dating his 14-year-old daughter. Other villagers got involved in the bar brawl which soon turned rowdy.

The suspect then grabbed the AK47 assault rifle which he had given to the assistant bar attendant for safe-keeping. He fired warning shots, but that did not deter the villagers who still wanted him to stop dating an underage girl.

As the misunderstanding degenerated, the suspect fled the scene, while firing shots in the air, police say. The villagers still pursued him.

Seeing that he was being cornered, the suspect allegedly opened fire at random on his assailants, killing four of them.

“The ZRP is investigating a shooting incident which occurred at Wanganui Shopping Centre, Turf, Kadoma on 25 December at about 1800 hours.

“Four people were shot dead while three others were seriously injured after a misunderstanding,” police said on Sunday.

The police statement said the “unidentified suspect” is from Caviga Farm in Kwekwe.

Investigations into the case are ongoing, police said.

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