High level criminality and banditry assumed a terrifying dimension when ordinary criminals, arrested and bullied military soldiers in a violent invasion.

It is understood the robbers forced the soldiers to open a safe. The robbers forced the guards inside the base and overpowered five more soldiers in the armoury guard room.Six rifles have been stolen and soldiers held up during a robbery at a military base in Harare, Khayelitsha, early on Friday.

understands that five armed suspects stormed the 9 South African Infantry Battalion Base, overpowering guards at the gate and stealing their R4 rifles and ammunition.

 A total of six rifles were stolen during the robbery.

SA National Defence Force spokesperson Brigadier General Mafi Mgobozi confirmed the robbery, saying no further details were available as officials were still at the scene.

Police could not be immediately reached for comment.