Four of eighteen men suspected of being a gang of heist robbers have†been killed.
Four of the “five or six cars” that they were travelling in were also†seized when cops swooped on the armed men near Secunda.
Hawks spokeswoman Captain Dineo Sekgotodi told 013NEWS on Tuesday†morning that 9 of the men ran away, 5 were arrested and 4 killed.
Of the five suspects that were arrested, one is under police guard in†an undisclosed Mpumalanga hospital following the shoot-out.
“Five or six cars were part of them and we called back up during chase†and a shoot-out occurred where four of the suspects were killed and one†injured. We arrested five suspects and one of the arrested five†suspects is in hospital. We also recovered four of the cars they were†using and about 9 others ran away,” Sekgotodi said.
“Three of SAPS members were affected during the chase, with one losing†his life in a state car accident and two were injured and recovering†in hospital,” she said.
The incident took place between between Secunda and Delmas road on†Monday around mid-day.
The Hawks police unit had suspected that one of the vehicles was†probably transporting thugs and during chase “we saw there were many†cars involved,” said Sekgotodi.
Then a chase began and a lot of cops arrived to back their colleagues up.†Five firearms, including two AK47 and an R5, were found in the cars of†the suspects.
“They will appear tomorrow at the Evander Magistrates Court facing various†charges, including attempted robbery, attempted murder, and possession of unlicenced firearms,” said Sekgogodi.
(edited by ZK)