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Two shot as robbers hit another tuck shop

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TWO FOREIGN nationals have been admitted to hospital after being shot during an armed robbery in the Kimberley CBD.

SHOT: One of the shop owners was shot in the face while a second victim sustained a gunshot wound to his leg.

TWO FOREIGN nationals have been admitted to hospital after being shot during an armed robbery in the Kimberley CBD.

The shooting has also left tuck shop owners in the city questioning whether law enforcement may be in cahoots with criminal elements.

The police in the Northern Cape said yesterday that they were in the process of following up on the incident, while the owner of Bismillah Tuck Shop, Abdul Mujib, questioned why it had taken police nearly half an hour to arrive at the scene, which was less than a kilometre away from the Kimberley Police Station, after his shop was robbed in Phakamile Mabija Road on Friday evening.

According to Mujib, three suspects entered his shop, shooting one employee in the face and a second in the leg, before making off with cash, airtime and cigarettes with an estimated value of R10 000, as well as a firearm which was taken from one of the victims.

“Three men came into the store on Friday night while a fourth waited outside in the getaway car,” Mujib said.

“Two of them came to the counter and demanded that I hand over all the cash, airtime and cigarettes. I thought they were joking and when one of them jumped onto the counter, I tried to push him off. That is when one of the others pulled out a gun and tried to load it.”

The shop owner said that it was at this point that Ataur and Mijanur Rahman attempted to restrain the gunman, sustaining a bullet wound to the head and leg respectively.

“When they saw the gun, they tried to grab it,” he said. “Shots were fired, the robbers took what they wanted and ran away.

“By the time the police arrived, more than 20 minutes later, the injured men had already been taken to hospital.

“It is as if they (the police) waited to first give the criminals enough time to get away.”

Mujib said that while this was the first time that he had fallen victim to an armed robbery, instances of this type of crime were on the increase with foreign nationals being targeted and the police, he claimed, are unable to apprehend the perpetrators.

“Another shop was robbed in De Beers on Saturday afternoon,” Mujib said. “Once again, it was four armed robbers and police have not been able to catch them. It is as if they just look the other way while we are forced to live in fear without any protection.”

Police spokesperson, Captain Olebogeng Tawana, yesterday confirmed that police were investigating a case of attempted murder and business robbery, but no arrests had been made yet.

“The Kimberley police are investigating a case of attempted murder and business robbery after armed men stormed into a tuck shop and robbed the owner of an undisclosed amount of cash as well as airtime vouchers,” said Tawana.

“During the robbery, the owner of the tuck shop and his assistant were shot at and sustained injuries. The suspects fled the scene after the incident.”

These robberies are the latest in a spate of similar incidents, which has seen nearly a dozen tuck shops targeted over the course of a fortnight.

No less than six tuck shops, located in the Kimberley CBD, were robbed at gunpoint of cash, airtime, cigarettes and other goods on Friday, May 12, alone, while a total of eight shops fell prey to criminals over a seven-day period.

The targeted tuck shops belong mostly to Bangladeshi, Somali and Pakistani nationals.