Police spokesperson Paul Nyathi confirmed a shooting incident in TARKKA Forest in Chimanimani in Manicaland province on Friday.
Nyathi said police shot three people on Friday, who were stealing timber at TARKKA Forest in Manicaland. Two of the three people died on admission to Rusitu Mission Hospital while one is still admitted at the institution.
Police allegedly opened fire after a police officer was attacked by thirty (30) suspects. In the statement, Nyathi says police fired warning shots which were ignored by the attackers until the three suspects were shot. It is not clear if police arrested some of the other suspects who were not shot.
Nyathi said police are investigating the incident. He urged members of the public to observe the law at all times. iHarare publishes the statement in its entirety below: