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MANZINI – Incidents of hijackings or attempts have once again reared their ugly head in the country.

In one of the incidents, a 977 emergency medical services government vehicle was stoned by residents in an attempted hijacking.
The incident occurred at Ekudzeni, near Zombodze during the early hours of yesterday, after a team of paramedics had attended to a call for the treatment of a 12-year-old girl who had suffered an asthma attack.

According to one of the paramedics who preferred not to be named, they came across a group of about 10 people while on the way to the girl’s homestead after receiving the call.

The paramedic added that while approaching the crowd, no one wanted to move from the road and the people, who were under the influence of alcohol, started being rowdy.

“The driver tried his best to go through the noisy crowd, however, no one wanted to move. When they realised that he was persistently driving forward, they eventually moved. We went to the girl’s home and treated her. However upon our return, we found the same people at the same spot and this time around they literally blocked the vehicle and demanded that we stop,” the paramedic said.

When a crew member informed them that the vehicle had been dispatched for an asthma case, the people started stoning it. He added that while trying to take pictures of the dramatic incident, they discovered that the rear main window had been smashed.
“One of the people, a man who was clad in a traditionally designed shirt, immediately opened the main door and ordered that we alight from the vehicle.

“At the time, we were all panicking. He demanded to know why our driver had tried to knock them down and said he wanted to take the vehicle. We tried making calls to the police, however, they did not respond. We were eventually rescued by community police, who managed to disperse the crowd,” the paramedic added.

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