Gauteng police looking for Buccleuch truck hijackers

2017-02-23 19:13
A security guard stands near one of the hijacked trucks. (Photo supplied)

A security guard stands near one of the hijacked trucks. (Photo supplied)

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Johannesburg – Gauteng police are following several leads in their bid to arrest more suspects involved in a truck hijacking on the N1 in Johannesburg on Thursday.

Two people, aged 35 and 42, were arrested earlier, Gauteng police said in a statement. 

Two trucks loaded with cellphones were hijacked on the N1 next to the Buccleuch interchange on Thursday morning.

Officers followed a tracking signal to a cemetery at the Marlboro off-ramp in Alexandra, where a shootout occurred, the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) said.

A 28-year-old JMPD officer was shot in the upper body and taken to Milpark Hospital. He was wearing a bulletproof vest. 

Emer-G-Med spokesperson Max Cohen said the driver of one of the trucks and a security guard escorting the trucks were shot. Both were in a critical condition.

Police asked for anyone with information about the crime to contact Crime Stop on 08600-10111 or by sending an SMS to Crime Line at 32211. 

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