No arrests yet after shootout

2016-08-24 06:00

PHUTHADITJHABA. – No arrests have been made yet following a shootout between police and about ten alleged ATM robbers that took place on Friday (19/08) at the Mandela Park Shopping Centre in Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa.

S’fiso Nyakane, Free State Hawks spokesperson, said the suspects were still on the run. The police were calling on members of the community to help them with information that could lead to the suspect’s arrest.

He said the robbers held several security personnel and the manager of the Qwaqwa Community Radio Station hostage during the incident.

Nyakane added that the suspects gained entry to the shopping centre by cutting the fence.

They then took the security personnel hostage.

“A presenter at the radio station saw what happened and broadcast the event live on air.

“The manager of the radio station went to investigate and was also taken hostage,” he said.

Nyakane said when police arrived at the scene a shootout ensued. He said a police member was shot in the leg.

Const. Thabana Mokone was being nursed from home after he had been treated at the hospital.

“The suspects fled the scene with a police vehicle as well as the radio station manager’s Toyota Corolla. This car was later found abandoned near the road,” he said.

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