Cops shot during shop robbery

2013-10-14 11:00
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Durban - Two police officers were shot and wounded during a robbery in Bulwer, in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, police said on Monday.

Captain Thulani Zwane said the officers were responding to a shop robbery on Sunday afternoon when they were confronted by at least 15 armed men.

"On arrival, two constables were attacked and shot by the suspects who were still at the scene. The two constables were shot in their legs and their firearms were taken," Zwane said.

"The suspects took an undisclosed amount from the shop as well as airtime vouchers and chocolates before they fled in their getaway Colt bakkie."

As the group fled the scene, they hijacked a second bakkie. Both vehicles were abandoned later.

Some of the stolen goods and cash were recovered. No arrests were made.

KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni condemned the attack on the officers.

The Witness reported on Monday that the robbers were armed with AK47 assault rifles, and the area was littered with bullet shells after the incident. The gang ordered customers to lie down on the floor during the robbery.

The shop's CCTV hard drive was also reportedly removed.

The injured policemen are in a stable condition in hospital.


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