Three more Seven Oaks armed robbers shot

2015-12-02 06:00

IN a follow-up to the shooting of seven armed robbers at Seven Oaks on Friday 20 November a further three members of the gang were killed in a shoot-out with police on Saturday near a hostel in KwaMashu.
Members of the Special Task force were waiting for the gang on the Friday. It was reported they had committed a cash heist in Newcastle earlier that Friday morning and were travelling in four vehicles that were known to the police.

In the shoot-out, about 12kms outside Greytown on the Seven Oaks road, six robbers were killed and one died the following day in hospital. Some gang members escaped in two of the vehicles, and an intensive manhunt was launched for these dangerous and armed men.

Early last Saturday morning the police national intervention unit, Hawks, K9, Flying Squad, KwaMashu police and the KZN war room conducted an intelligence operation following up on this notorious 35-member gang. It is reported that police personnel went to a house near the KwaMashu Hostel. They burst into the house to find the gang members playing pool - the gunmen opened fire -the police shot back and in the ensuing gun battle three were killed, while the others fled.

Two pistols and a revolver, with the serial numbers filed off, were recovered from the three dead men. These firearms will be subjected to ballistic tests to ascertain whether they had been used in any other crimes.

KZN SAPS spokesperson, Major Jay Naicker, said the police were continuing their intensive manhunt to arrest the rest of the gang, who it is believed, are responsible for a series of armed robberies in KZN and linked to the fatal shooting of two police officers.

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