Five hijackers arrested after a shootout

2016-05-26 06:00
 Police officer taking care of suspected hijackers.

Police officer taking care of suspected hijackers.

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In what resembled a clip from a horror movie police flying squad members bravely fought off a menacing gang of highjackers in a shootout in Khayelitsha last Thursday.

The Western Cape Flying Squad and Cape Town K9 Unit received information from the provincial Command Centre of a hi-jacked vehicle and conducted patrols in Khayelitsha.

The black BMW which had been hijacked in Milnerton earlier this month was spotted in Harare.

SAPS spokeswoman Noloyiso Rwexane said police cautiously approached the vehicle and when it stopped, the doors flung open and five armed men jumped out, firing at the police members.

“The members returned fire and the suspects fled in different directions. Swift action by the police resulted in the arrest of all five suspects, of which one was wounded,” she said. Three firearms, a .45 Special, a .38 Special and a 9mm Short were recovered. After further investigation by the members two more firearms were recovered in a shopping bag on the roof of a shack in close proximity of the scene, namely a 9mm pistol and an Uzzi semi-automatic rifle. The five arrested men, aged from 26 to 35, from Khayelitsha and Kraaifontein appeared at the Khayelitsha Magistrates Court once charged and their case was postponed. The wounded man is being detained at a local hospital under police guard.

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