8 suspected ATM bombers killed in shoot-out with Special Task Force

2016-12-11 15:45
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KwaZulu-Natal - Eight suspected ATM bombers were killed on Saturday night in a shoot-out when Special Task Force officers intercepted them as they were travelling to Howick, apparently to blow up cash machines, the Hawks confirmed.

National Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi on Sunday said that after the shoot-out, an R5 rifle, as well as three AK47s and four 9mm pistols were confiscated.

"A bag of already primed commercial explosives was also recovered," he said.

Mulaudzi said a joint operation, involving, among others, Durban's Crime Intelligence Unit and the Special Task Force, was conducted on Saturday evening along the R617 in Mpophomeni.

"The members were acting on information received with regards to suspects wanted for being involved in a police murder, ATM bombings and armed robberies.

"The information was that suspects were planning to bomb ATMs in Howick."

Mulaudzi said Special Task Force members tried to stop the two vehicles the suspects were travelling in about 15km from Howick.

"Suspects opened fire on [the] members using AK47 rifles and an R5 rifle. A gun battle ensued."

Mulaudzi said eight suspects were killed and a ninth was wounded.

The wounded suspect was taken to hospital.
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