By KASONDE KASONDE –
THE Great North Road, which lately seems haunted by its old name of Hell Run, was yet again a scene of a daring attack as a motorist was on Tuesday morning stabbed in the head by a man who wanted to steal his car.
The 39-year-old man of Nakonde District was stabbed with a knife by a robber who tried to steal the motor vehicle he was driving on the Great North Road between Mkushi and Kapiri Mposhi.
Central Province Police chief Standwell Lungu confirmed the attack which occurred around 04:30 hours, and identified the victim as Davis Simukonda of Mukomba Township in Nakonde.
Mr Lungu said Mr Simukonda was driving a Toyota Vitz when he was attacked by the unknown man who had asked for a lift from him from Nakonde to Kapiri Mposhi.
He said the man armed with a knife wanted to grab the motor vehicle and in the process stabbed Mr Simukonda twice in the head.
Mr Lungu said Mr Simukonda managed to overpower the robber who later escaped after the vehicle had gone off the road.
Mr Simukonda was admitted to Mkushi District Hospital where he was receiving treatment for the stab wounds as police launched a search for the assailant.
The Great North Road, particularly the stretch between Kapiri Mposhi and Serenje, has in recent months seen an increase in criminal activities in which some motorists and travellers have lost huge sums of money.
Residents living in the affected area have expressed concern at the crime wave and appealed to authorities to step up security checkpoints.
Some lodges have also been targetted by the criminals who have seized valuable items from guests.
A Lusaka-based road contractor was in December robbed of K30,000 and more money in foreign currency by a lone gunman who had forced himself into his room in Mkushi.