ARUSHA, Tanzania, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian police on Tuesday announced the killing of five suspected armed robbers in western part of the nation.
Martin Otieno, Kigoma Regional Police Commander, said that the incident occurred after the suspected robbers engaged in a gunfire exchange with the police at the Rusohoko village forest along the Kibondo-Kasulu road.
He said the police were in routine patrols around the area when the suspects attempted to block vehicles on Kibondo-Kasulu road to rob the passersby.
Otieno said that two police officers were injured in the gunfire exchange.
"We will continue conducting patrols everyday as we target to end all the types of crime in our region. We are still searching for other suspected bandits who disappeared into the Rusohoko forest," he said.
The regional police chief assured the public that his force was well prepared to fight against people who are involving in criminal acts.
Reports have it that in recent months, there have been increased public concerns on the increased crime in western Tanzania's district of Kibondo.