4 robbers killed in shoot-out with cops

2014-03-01 00:00

THE four armed men killed in a shoot-out with police on Thursday night were believed to be responsible for robberies at three stores on the same road in Montclair, Durban.

The business owners yesterday said they were relieved that police had confronted the gang.

Police were alerted to a robbery at Dipen Kumer Das’s store on South Coast Road on Thursday night.

What followed was a car chase by the Durban South K9 unit and the Flying Squad through Montclair, Cato Manor, Westville, ending at Spine Road, where the robbers were killed by police.

A pedestrian was wounded in the head during the shoot-out.

An AK47, four other firearms, 16 rounds of ammunition and stolen items were recovered from the getaway car.

While the robbery took place, a business partner of the latest victim was at a meeting with the police discussing the increase in this kind of crime in their area.

Das was at his store with an employee while his business partner, Uman Husen, was at the meeting with the police.

“I was standing behind the counter while my employee was busy at the fast food section of the store when a man got inside and showed me a gun. Another man came behind the counter and dragged [the employee] to the back of the shop,” said Das.

He said the men took about 15 to 20 minutes in the store. A cellphone, cash, cigarettes and airtime all valued at about R13 000 were stolen.

Another businessperson, Ahsan Habib, who was robbed in December and last month, said in the first incident cash, airtime and cigarettes, all valued at about R14 000, were stolen. In the second robbery the same items, valued at around R10 000, were stolen.

“I’m relieved that they were killed because I’m sure they are the same guys who robbed me twice,” said Habib.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni expressed her relief that none of the police officers was injured during the ordeal.

“These thugs have no respect for the lives of others and it was obvious that they were prepared to kill our members,” she said.

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