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Weekend accidents claim 20 lives

Botswana Police Service (BPS) recorded a total of 20 lost lives in road accidents countrywide over the weekend.

A press release from BPS states that in one incident, six people died when a minibus carrying 14 passengers overturned along Bobonong and Semolale road on January 28, leaving three passengers with serious injuries while four escaped with minor injuries.

The release says in yet another accident five people believed to be members of a football team died when the vehicle they were travelling in overturned along Gumare/Sehithwa road on Friday, leaving seven others admitted at various hospitals with serious injuries.

Preliminary investigations indicate that both drivers lost control of their vehicles and police investigations are continuing.

In other incidents, the release says police have arrested five suspects for shop breaking, unlawful possession of dagga and unlawful importation of tobacco that occurred in Gaborone and Lobatse.

“In one of the incidents, Woodhall police arrested a 37-year-old Zimbabwean man after he was found in possession of large quantities of tobacco, which they suspect he unlawfully imported into the country,” says the release.

It says the man was arrested at a police check point in Lobatse and was found in possession of 10 boxes of 50 cartons of tobacco estimated at the value of P100 000.

The tobacco and the motor vehicle were seized for further investigations.

In Gaborone, the release states that police arrested two Batswana men aged 25 and 29 years for breaking into a shop at Village Mall on January 27 in which the police and security guards promptly responded to the report and arrested the suspects inside the shop.

The suspects have been detained while investigations are ongoing.

The release further states that police operations in Gaborone led to the arrest of a 20-year-old man and two others aged 26 years of Extension 27 location in Gaborone for unlawful possession of 70 sachets containing green substances suspected to be dagga and the suspects are in police custody while investigations continue.

In Tlokweng, the release says police are investigating a robbery incident in which a family was attacked by three unknown men and goods worth P17 000 and P14 800 cash were stolen on January 28.

“The victims, a man, his wife, their two children and domestic workers were attacked by the suspects while sleeping in their house and the suspects demanded money, bank cards, cellphones and other valuables from them,” reads the release.

A total amount of P14 800 cash, says the release, was withdrawn from their bank accounts, but no one has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Any information about the whereabouts of the suspects should be communicated to the police at 3928299, 3622000, 999 or any nearest police station. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Bopa Reporter

Location : GABORONE

Event : Press Release

Date : Jan 30 Tue,2018

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