Two alleged hijackers shot dead Alleged hijackers shot dead

2016-11-24 06:02

TWO suspects were killed and two arrested during a shootout with the police in Verulam on Sunday 20 November­.

According to police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele, eThekwini Inner North Cluster Trio Crime unit members were conducting their crime prevention duties in the area to curb hijacking, business robberies and house robberies when they saw a suspicious Toyota Quantum that fitted a description of a vehicle that was hijacked in Inanda.

“When the members tried to stop the vehicle, the driver sped off and the police gave chase. It is alleged the driver lost control and crashed the vehicle in Verulam town.

“The suspects allegedly fired shots towards the members after they crashed their vehicle.

“The police allegedly retaliated and during the cross fire, two suspects were fatally wounded while the other two were arrested and taken into the custody.

“An unlicensed handgun was recovered from the scene and will be taken for ballistic tests to establish if it was used in any other crimes in the province.

“The arrested suspects, aged between 25 and 35, will appear in the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court soon facing possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition and hijacking charges.”

Mbhele said on 13 November the victim was driving his Toyota Quantum at Emachobeni area in Inanda when he was allegedly held at gunpoint by four passengers.

“One of the suspects drove his vehicle and he was dropped off at N2 near the Edwin Swales off-ramp.

“The suspects drove away after taking his cash and cellphone. A case of hijacking was opened at Inanda police station for further investigation.” she said.

KwaZulu-Natal acting provincial commissioner Major General Bheki Langa praised the members for arresting the wanted suspects for hijacking who were armed.

“The arrested suspects will be profiled and checked whether they are involved in any other hijackings in the province.

“I also appeal to the community to be vigilant and take extra precautions to prevent their vehicles being hijacked,” he said.

- Supplied.

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