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Beitbridge man hospitalised after brutal police dog attack

A 40-year- old-man from Beitbridge was hospitalised on Saturday after police officers reportedly set dogs on him while enforcing lockdown regulations in the border town.

It is said that Edmond Chimusoro Zeyazeya was caught up in the melee as police officers chased after illegal foreign currency dealers.

He is currently admitted to Beitbridge Hospital with serious wounds.

Speaking to CITE, his sister in-law Eugenia Makura said Zeyazeya left home to buy food for his children when the incident occured.

“He left home in the morning around 8 to buy food for the children at the Engine garage, one of the children had said they wanted Chicken Inn,” said Makura.

“He said when he got to the Engine garage he met the police who were on an operation, when he saw them he was and he tried to move away.”

However, the police officers reportedly ordered him to stop and he obliged and they set their dogs.

He was savagely attacked and sustained deep wounds.

The police officers later took him to hospital.

Contacted for a comment, National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said the case is under investigation.

“That case is under investigation, we are quite aware there was an incident yesterday in Beitbridge where people were contravening Covid-19 regulations,” said Commissioner Nyathi.

“They were approached by officers, they tried to run away and unfortunately one of them was bitten by a police dog and the case is currently under investigation,” he said. 

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