Gold mines around Mberengwa have been urged to tighten their security in the wake of armed robbers targeting them.

A 9-member armed gang raid at Camlark Mine, popularly known as China Zim Mine, has left the Mberengwa community in shock with calls for mining firms to increase their security.

Disguised as police officers on patrol, the gang is reported to have invaded the mine last week, force-marched mine staffers and robbed them of their valuables, unknown quantities of gold and carbon.

Camlark Mine Human Resources Officer Mr Tawanda Furamera said it was a well-orchestrated robbery that happened around midnight while they were busy watching football on television.

“We have beefed up our security. Bogus police deceived us to believe they were chasing an offender yet their intention was to raid us,” said Furamera.

It is said on the day in question the armed robbers led more than 80 mine employees in one room, collected cellphones before questioning a security officer on the security measures of the mine.

Armed with 303 rifles and pistons the gang disconnected CCTV, raided the premises and collected valuables including laptops and desktops.

Upon completing the act, the armed robbers took a mine vehicle and drove off with their loot before dumping the car in Zvishavane where it was later recovered.