Manhunt underway for suspects in KZN cop shooting

2016-12-19 20:02
Police. (News24, file)

Police. (News24, file)

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Durban – Police have launched a manhunt for those responsible for shooting two police officers in KwaDabeka on Monday.

"We will not take attacks on police officers in the province lightly," said KwaZulu-Natal acting provincial commissioner Major General Bheki Langa.

"Police officials are putting their lives on the line to protect the citizens of this country as well as their property."

According to police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker, KwaDabeka police and the Durban K9 Unit were following up on a stolen vehicle when the officers were shot.

"Whilst police officers were attempting to pull over the suspected stolen vehicle, another white motor vehicle with unknown occupants showed up and the occupants opened fire on police. Two police officials sustained gunshot wounds and were taken to hospital for medical attention."

Naicker said the suspects abandoned their vehicle and fled the scene. Naicker said preliminary investigations indicated that the vehicle was hijacked on the Day of Reconciliation. He added that an AK47 rifle with 25 rounds of ammunition was found in the vehicle.

Langa said police would ensure that the suspects are caught.

"We will do everything that is within our control to ensure that those responsible for this latest attack are put behind bars where they belong. We wish both police officers a speedy recovery."

Members of the public who have information on the identity or whereabouts of the suspects have been urged to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or a local police station.

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