Nine killed, including two cops, in KZN cash van heist

2019-02-02 10:08

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Nine people were killed, including two police officers, in a cash-in-transit heist in Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal, on Friday night, police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidu said on Saturday.

"During a brazen attack on a cash-in-transit vehicle last night two of our police officers lost their lives, seven suspects were killed and a woman was wounded," said Naidu.

The police's special task force (STF) and crime intelligence (CI) units were following up on intelligence regarding a planned attack on a money van when a group of heavily armed people attacked the vehicle with explosives at around 19:00 on the Hlabisa road.

The police responded quickly but there was a shootout between them and the robbers. 

"Seven suspects, a member from CI and the STF member were killed during the skirmish. A female member who was shot in the leg is currently receiving medical treatment."

So far, four AK-47 assault rifles have been recovered. The BMW driven by the suspects was reportedly used during other robberies, including one recently at a Nongoma Shell garage. 

National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole conveyed his deepest condolences to families of the police officers and wished the wounded police officer a speedy recovery.

"This is yet another sad day for both the South African Police Service as well as South Africa at large for every time the life of a police officer is lost in combat, the nation mourns", said Sitole in a statement.

"I offer my highest praise to the all our colleagues that have once again put their lives on the line to bring hardened and selfish criminals to book", he said.

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