Security guard wounded in KZN firearm heist

2015-08-05 11:53
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Durban - A security guard providing protection for municipal vehicles in Umlazi was shot five times on Tuesday in an apparent armed robbery, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

The guard remains in a critical condition in a Durban hospital.

Major Thulani Zwane said guards had been escorting a city fleet car when they were surrounded by six armed men.

On Wednesday, the guard was still in a critical condition in a Durban hospital.

“They were approached by six men at gunpoint who demanded that they hand over their firearms," Zwane said.

“The suspects took two firearms and shot the security guard five times on the body and arms before fleeing the scene.”

Zwane said that when the shooting was reported, police sprang to action, deploying officers from various units to the area to try and cut off the escape of the gunmen.

“The Umlazi Tactical Response Team, Crime Intelligence, Durban Central Tactical Response Team, Umlazi K9, NMTU, as well as Umlazi and Folweni members followed up information and arrested three suspects at Umlazi C section.”

“Three unlicensed pistols and ammunition were found in their possession. One of those recovered firearms belonged to the security guard. A case of armed robbery, attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition were opened. The suspects might be linked to other criminal cases committed in the area,” Zwane added.

Royal Security confirmed that the security officer had survived the shooting and had been rushed to hospital, but could not be drawn to comment further.

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