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Failed diamond heist at Zim mine - report

13 march 2014

A Chinese Nan-Jiang Diamond Mine in Zimbabwe’s Bikita area was targeted by seven armed robbers who wanted gems.
However the robbers fled from the mine with just handcuffs and communication radios belonging to security staff after they failed to establish where the diamonds were hidden.
New reports that police investigations had led to the arrest of two members of the group while the other five accomplices were on the run.
Prosecutors alleged that on August 15 last year the seven suspects went to Nan-Jiang African Resources diamond mine in Bikita and, upon arrival, manhandled and tied up security guards whilst pointing guns at them.
They proceeded to the mine offices and ransacked the workshop in search for the diamonds but ended up leaving empty handed.
However, one of the security guards managed to note the registration numbers of the gate-away vehicle, leading to the arrest of the two.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished