Police in Muhanga District killed two people and arrested another man in connection with the attempted robbery of shops in Ruli cell of Shyogwe sector on Tuesday evening.
ACP Damas Gatare, Rwanda National Police spokesperson, who confirmed the development, said: “We had credible information from the public about a group of six people who had hatched a plot to rob two shops in Muhanga city. We trailed them from Kigali to Muhanga.”
He added: “When they found out that they were being followed, as they were attempting to implement their criminal plan at about 9:30 pm, one of them who had a gun fired at the officers and in self defence, the officers retaliated killing one of them instantly and injured another in the chest, who also died as he was being taken to the hospital.”
He identified the deceased as Seleman Hakizimana and Sylvin Cyimana.
ACP Gatare also explained that the third suspect identified as Ernest Ntakirutimana was apprehended as he tried to escape.
Police also recovered the gun the suspects were using.
“Investigations are still underway to apprehend all those connected to this racket.”
The arrested suspect, who confessed to the crime, told Police that they had information that the would-be victims were keeping large sums of money in their shops.
ACP Gatare appealed to the business community to not to keep big sums of money in their shops, houses or move with it to avoid such incidents.
“Financial institutions can be easily accessed in all parts of the country, where such amounts can be kept to prevent such risks.”
He also appealed to the general population to strengthen their cooperation with Police by providing timely information on people planning or involved in criminal acts.