Robbers under police guard after shoot-out

2012-11-25 15:49


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Johannesburg - Nine suspected robbers are under police guard in hospital after being wounded during a thwarted robbery at Protea Coin’s cash depot west of Johannesburg on Saturday.

Hawks spokesperson Paul Ramaloko said the police had been involved in heavy fighting with 20 armed men after a tip-off. 

Seven robbers were shot dead.

The police confiscated 11 vehicles and numerous firearms, among them AK-47s.

Ramaloko said: “At around 17:00 on Saturday, the Hawks and a special task force confronted the group who were about to rob the Protea Coin depot in Robertsville.

"After they were cornered, they shot at the Hawks; upon retaliation seven were fatally shot.

"Nine were injured and hospitalised."


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