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Criminals broke into a Chinese shipyard in the Nicoadala district and seized more than 1.5 million meticais in cash, plus eight computers and four iphones.
Prior to looting the shipyard, the gang stripped and tied up the owner and tried to beat her into giving up the money. On finding that she did not have any, they then went to the owner’s daughter’s room, from where they seized the missing items.
The shipyard security guards say they were tortured by the gang of seven. Paulo Mário related how the gang forced their way into the premises at dawn on Saturday.
“Back there, where I stay, I heard a noise. In quick succession they hit me from behind with an iron bar, ripped my shirt and tied me up. They told me not to make a noise otherwise they would kill me, then they did everything they wanted and ran off,” he explained.
Another guard, Domingos Raimundo, said that, after dinner, “I saw someone coming: I thought it was my colleague to come and give some information because last week we suffered an attempted robbery which our speedy intervention thwarted”. But this was not “They suddenly produced machetes, and tied me up so tight that I couldn’t do anything.”
Raimundo says that, despite there being a police station just metres away, the level of insecurity in the area where the shipyard is located is so high that criminals have several times entered at night trying to steal various goods.
Nicoadala district commander Manassés Masse says police are working on the case, and are already holding two in connection with the incident.Source: O País