3 killed in shoot-out with police were members of notorious gang

2015-11-30 09:42
Police officers at the scene of the KwaMashu shooting. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

Police officers at the scene of the KwaMashu shooting. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

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Pietermaritzburg - Three more gunmen involved in a brazen shoot-out with police in Greytown, and allegedly responsible for a spate of police killings and robberies, have been shot dead.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, the police’s national intervention unit, Hawks, K9 unit, Durban flying squad, KwaMashu police and KZN War Room conducted an intelligence-driven operation following an investigation into the 35-strong gang.

The officers went to the Kholwa Road KwaMashu Hostel and approached a house where the gunmen were playing pool at the time police burst in.

According to provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker, the officers identified themselves and the gunmen opened fire.

Police returned fire and in the ensuing gun battle, three men were killed while the others fled.

“Police recovered three firearms from the deceased, which included two pistols and a revolver with their serial numbers filed off,” Naicker said.

KwaMashu police have opened cases of attempted murder and inquests, while the recovered firearms will be subjected to ballistic testing to ascertain if they were used in any other crimes in the country.

“Police will continue with the investigation to arrest those that are still on the run,” Naicker said.

The elusive gang members are, according to Naicker, the same group that confronted police in a bullet-flying encounter on the R33 near Seven Oaks two weeks ago.

Seven robbers died after the Wild West shoot-out.

It is believed the gang of robbers is behind a spree of armed robberies, especifically targeting Chinese-owned businesses in northern KZN.

The gang is also believed to be linked to the fatal shooting of Durban flying squad Warrant Officer Ash Ramsakkan and the murder of Warrant Officer Jericho Mdletshe.

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