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Two shots scare away would-be thieves

Nasik Swami
Monday, September 17, 2012

THE police are investigating an attempted break-in where the homeowner discharged his weapon.

Police have confirmed a 12-gauge shotgun was used to scare the two masked men away after they tried to break into a house at Lobau settlement in Nausori early yesterday morning.

However, director operations Senior Superintendent Rusiate Tudravu said he could not confirm at this stage whether or not shots fired hit one of the intruders because they had yet to receive a report to this effect.

"The home owner has been interviewed by the officers at Nausori Police Station and the gun has been taken in by the police to find out its licence and registration details," SSP Tudravu said.

He said no charges had been laid as investigations were continuing.

Meanwhile, home owner Liaket Ali, 48, said they were awoken when his wife heard noises.

He said it was around 1.30am, so he got up, loaded his gun and stood behind the door to see what was happening.

"Upon reaching the door, I saw two masked men trying to open the window to get inside the house," he said.

Mr Ali said the men were armed with an iron rod, a pinch bar, a hacksaw and a tin cutter.

"While they were trying to break into the house, I opened the door. As soon as the thieves saw the gun in my hand, they ran into the compound. I fired two warning shots, one in the air and one in the ground to protect myself and my wife," Mr Ali said.

He said the would-be thieves fled when they heard the gun shots.

He added he had a licence to own the weapon and another allowing him to shoot pigeons and animals.

"This is the fourth time my house has been attacked and the last time, items valued at $7000 were stolen," Mr Ali said.

He said because of those attacks, his family was not able to sleep well at night and they continued to live in fear.

His neighbours also said they had been attacked on numerous occasions in the past and wanted concrete results from police.


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