Harare (New Ziana) -Police have launched a manhunt for armed robbers who pounced on a private security convoy that was transporting gold from How Mine, on the outskirts of Bulawayo, on Tuesday and got away with 11.9 kilograms of the yellow metal worth over US$600 000.
The gold price as of Tuesday was averaging US$54 000 per kilogram.
In a statement, the police said the armed robbery occurred at the 21 km peg along the Bulawayo-How Mine Road at around 0730 hours.
The gold was destined for Fidelity Printers and Refiners, the country’s sole buyer of the mineral.
“A security company which was conducting a cash in transit involving gold from How Mine was attacked by thirteen criminals who were using three cars, a Nissan NP300 registration number HR30XJGP, Toyota Hilux GD6, and a Nissan March.
“The suspects disarmed the security guards and stole four firearms (two 303 rifles and two pistols) and 11,9 kg of gold. More information will be released as investigations unfold,” the police said.
According to several online reports of eyewitness accounts, the robbers attacked and overwhelmed the security convoy.
A shoot out ensued after another vehicle in the mine security convoy arrived at the scene, but the robbers managed to escape, leaving behind one of their cars.
In previous robberies, police have suspected that the robbers had inside information about the intended movement of the targeted goods, which have mostly been cash and precious minerals.