Ritual murders: Soldiers intervene

HARARE - Police and soldiers have combined forces to fight murders that are gripping Domboshava’s Chinamhora area following the death of seven people in suspected ritual killings.

Constable Onisimo Murungweni of Chinamhora Police Station told the Daily News yesterday that the joint operation is currently underway in the area.

“We are working together with the soldiers to nab people behind these heinous crimes. We now have police with bicycles patrolling the villages at night.

They are also being helped by the neighbourhood watch committees, together with some soldiers who are patrolling the area,” said Murungweni.

“Investigations on the ritual murders are still underway and this is why we started these operations,” he said.

He commended community members for co-operating with police.

Chinamhora is 30km north-east of Harare and many residents commute to the capital for work, returning to their homes at night.

Seven people were murdered and their bodies mutilated in a space of two weeks, leaving the community in fear.

Six male suspects are in police custody over the murder of two of the people who had their eyes gorged out.

The suspects are from Epworth, a poor settlement on the outskirts of Harare.

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