Posted on May 09, 2018 by Hannah Berry
Residents of Gardnersville, Liberia have appealed to the local government for help after their town was overrun by armed robbers.
Late on Tuesday 1st May a group of men stormed the area armed with AK-47 guns and guinea-made single barrel guns.
The primary target for the armed gang was a currency exchange shop located in the Montserrado County Electoral District 12. Gun fire was heard as the robbers tried to make an escape to their getaway vehicle.
The community is calling on authorities to increase their fight against armed robbers and other notorious criminals who are said to be terrorising locals in search of money and valuables.
Several locals called the police, whilst the robbery was taking place, but authorities were unable to apprehend the suspects. Witnesses gave chase and identified a building where at least one of the suspects had fled. A number of angry locals then gathered together to surround the property in the supermarket community and demand the occupants exit the building.
Officers from the elite Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) stormed the property and arrested everyone inside. They were all taken to Gardnersville police station for investigation.
Investigations are ongoing, but the police have declined to comment further on a live investigation.