The robbers were killed during an exchange of fire as the police tried to thwart the robbery which left one Chinese man with bruises on his left hand and cheek after he was hit by the robbers.
Lusaka Province Police Commissioner Charity Katanga said two other robbers escaped the shooting and went away while one unregistered Mercedes Benz, three guns, six bricks of cigarettes and some Chinese tea were recovered from the scene of the accident.
The police chief said the accident happened in the early hours of Sunday at Ice Flower, a beverage plant which manufactures soft drinks after the police received a tip-off from members of the public.
“The seven were demanding money from the Chinese, but when the anti-robbery squad arrived at the scene, five were gunned down while two escaped,” she is quoted saying by the paper.
Chinese firms have fallen prey to attacks by criminals in Zambia in recent months.
In November, three Chinese nationals died while three others sustained injuries when criminals broke into their living quarters at their company in Kitwe city in Copperbelt Province. The criminals got away with undisclosed amounts of money.
The attack prompted the Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming to appeal to authorities to take necessary action to safeguard the Chinese community in the country. Enditem