ATM robbers shoot cop in face
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
In March, Constable Mogomotsi Masango was
shot and killed in Hercules, west of Pretoria, by suspects travelling in a
"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."