On Monday afternoon Galo Mall in Francistown came to a standstill as people were evacuated from the mall after reports that a bomb was planted in one of the premises.
Francistown police and heavily armed Botswana Defence Force (BDF) officers were seen patrolling the mall on Monday afternoon.
Reached for comment, the Station Commander of Francistown Police Station, Assistant Superintendent Edward Leposo could neither confirm nor deny the reports.
“I cannot deny or confirm anything because we are currently busy with our investigations. We are not ready to communicate with the media at this time,” he said.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a shop assistant at Edgars stores which is located right in the middle of the mall told The Telegraph that the police arrived at the mall at around three o’clock in the afternoon and ordered everyone out of the mall.
“I was having my lunch when my colleagues announced that there is a bomb in the mall. I immediately saw a large number of police officers and soldiers who ordered that we should leave the mall immediately. They were not very clear on why we should leave the mall. There was a stampede as people were running towards the west entrance of the mall. The police then put a barricade tape on all entrances of the mall to stop people from entering the mall,” she said.
Sipho Muzola a customer, who had gone shopping in one of the shops at the mall, said that they were evacuated from the mall after reports that there was a bomb.
“Everyone was panicking as the police ordered that we should leave the mall immediately. I heard one of the customers saying that there is a bomb. I immediately joined a huge number of people who were leaving the premises. One of the police officers explained to us that we should immediately leave the premises for our safety,” he said.