Four kids rescued after being kidnapped from Joburg children’s home

2016-11-17 12:23
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Johannesburg – Four children from the TLC children’s home in Eikenhof, south of Johannesburg, were rescued after being kidnapped by seven armed men posing as paramedics, Gauteng police said on Thursday.

The children’s ages were not immediately available.

The incident happened on Wednesday evening, police spokesperson Kay Makhubela told News24.

Makhubela said paramedics received a call about a woman in labour at the orphanage.

On their way to the scene, paramedics were hijacked and robbed at gunpoint, he said.

The suspects also stripped paramedics of their uniforms, handcuffed them and put them at the back of the ambulance.

They went to the children’s home and also held the security guard at gunpoint.

Second attack

"The suspects took four orphans and kidnapped them... police on patrol saw how the ambulance was being driven and followed it. A shoot-out ensued and police managed to rescue the children, security guard and the paramedics," Makhubela said.

The alleged kidnappers fled the scene.

This was apparently the second such attack on the children's home. Makhubela said they were investigating further.

City of Johannesburg EMS said in a statement that the two paramedics sustained minor injuries during the altercation with the hijackers.

Spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said the paramedics were taken to Mulbarton Clinic for further medical care.

They were later discharged and they are now recovering from home, he said.

Mulaudzi said the incident occurred a week after two of their paramedics were robbed at gunpoint in Willards Farm.

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