two women from Hwange are battling for their lives after being hit by two stray bullets fired by police officers who were raiding informal coal traders.
A local publication, The Chronicle reports that the two women who are neighbors were shot on Saturday evening as they sat outside their houses at A section in Madumabisa Village.
National Police Spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident to the publication and said more details will be availed after investigations into the unfortunate incident are concluded.
We are still investigating the unfortunate incident and will have more details tomorrow.
Eyewitnesses who spoke to the publication said the two women who are admitted at a local hospital, were having a chat, outside their homes when Zulani Mudenda who had come from bathing was shot in the abdomen while her unidentified friend was hit on the breast.
The resident said:
Two women were shot and injured by officers from the Support Unit stationed at Number 2 showgrounds who opened fire maybe to scare illegal coke traders during a raid. One of the women who were at the house at A section, Zulani Mudenda had her stomach ripped open while her neighbour was hit on the breast.
Greater Hwange Residents Trust co-ordinator, Mr. Fidelis Chima called for an investigation into the shooting incident which he said has saddened the community.
Police carried out a raid in response to an increase in the number of people who are panning for coke at a disused mine dump following increasing demand from some coal merchants for the product.
A 50kg sack of coke is bought by the merchants at US$3.
One woman from the area recently died while another escaped death by a whisker when they fell into a tunnel before being buried alive while panning for coke at the dumpsite. They suffered burns and bruises following the mishap and had to spend weeks hospitalized>chaosafrica