Bank robber killed in Zululand hostage siege

2015-09-10 17:20
(Jeff Wicks, News24)

(Jeff Wicks, News24)

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Durban - A dramatic hostage situation which unfolded at a Zululand bank ended with one gunman dead and his accomplice in handcuffs on Thursday.

This after the surviving gunman had barricaded himself inside FSB Cash Loans in Mkhuze with two hostages.

With the police's Special Task Force on their way to Zululand, the hostage taker succumbed to reason and surrendered to police officers outside.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said the armed duo had stormed the bank shortly after it had opened.

"It is alleged that tellers were performing their duties when they were approached by two suspects who held them at gunpoint and demanded cash," he said.

Police had received word of the robbery in progress and had raced to the scene, catching the two men in the midst of their escape.

"The members received information and proceeded to the scene and came under fire as they approached the bank. The police officers returned fire and fatally wounded one suspect aged 25."

A tense stand-off ensued with officers calling for backup before the second armed man laid down his weapon and was arrested.

"Two unlicensed firearms were recovered and the other suspect, 26, was arrested for attempted murder, armed robbery and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition. He will appear in Ubombo Magistrate's Court soon," Zwane said.

The hostages were unharmed.

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