ATM robbers shoot cop in face

2011-04-19 09:12

Johannesburg - A police constable was shot dead and another officer wounded when they attended to an ATM bombing scene in Zonkizizwe, Gauteng police said on Tuesday.

Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said the incident occurred on Monday night around 20:00.

Constable Fihliwe Mavis Bengeza, 25, died in hospital after she was shot in the face, he said.

"Her colleague, Constable Sihle Mbatha, 27, was shot in the leg and he is recovering at a local hospital.

"They were shot when they responded to an ATM bombing at the taxi rank," Dlamini said.

A second police vehicle, also responding to the robbery, was shot at but no one was injured.

The suspects, who were allegedly armed with rifles, escaped in a silver VW Golf after taking an undisclosed amount of money from a bombed ATM.

They are all still at large."

Dlamini said this was the second incident this year in which a police officer was shot and killed while attending to an ATM bombing.

In March, Constable Mogomotsi Masango was shot and killed in Hercules, west of Pretoria, by suspects travelling in a black Audi.

"Police are calling on the community to help curb the attacks on police officers and identify those involved, so that they can face the full force of the law."

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