Free State police kill 2 suspected robbers in shoot-out

2016-08-09 20:09
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Bloemfontein – Two suspected robbers were killed and two others arrested during a shoot-out with the police at the weekend, Free State police said on Wednesday.

Members of the Tactical Response Team in Thabong acted on crime intelligence-led information of a planned business robbery at a casino in Welkom, said police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thandi Mbambo said.

She said officers followed information that led them to a shack in Meloding, Virginia, where the suspects were allegedly waiting for their pick-up vehicle.

"As the police arrived at the shack, a shoot-out ensued between them and the suspects. Two suspects were fatally wounded, one was injured and referred to hospital where he later died... two suspects were arrested," said Mbambo.

She said that during the shoot-out the shack in which suspects were hiding caught fire. Police confiscated two R1 rifles and seven 9mm pistols.

"A trail of blood was also seen during investigation, which means there could still be other suspects on the run."

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