Trio of Worcester terror suspects arrested

2017-04-06 16:12
Western Cape police (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Western Cape police (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - Three men who apparently terrorised a Worcester community in March have been arrested, Western Cape police said on Thursday.

"During the month of March the community of Avian Park was subjected to violence in the area when three victims were shot and killed and two seriously wounded," said Lieutenant-Colonel Andrè Traut.

Investigators identified three men and went on a manhunt until they discovered their "place of hiding" in Avian Park.

The men, aged 26, 27, and 33, would appear in court once charged with murder and attempted murder.

Traut said they were maintaining a strong police presence in the area.

More arrests could not be ruled out.

In March, residents turned on police and pelted them with stones.

Police had been dispatched to escort firemen who were responding to a house fire, apparently caused by a short-circuit, Sergeant Julian Plaatjies said at the time.

"While the fire brigade extinguished the fire, about five shots went off. Police then reacted to it."

About 600 residents gathered at the scene and started throwing stones at police. Public Order Police in armoured vehicles were called when things got out of hand, Plaatjies said.

A resident was shot in the stomach and taken to hospital. It was not clear who shot him.

A 21-year-old man who lived in Avian Park was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head two days earlier. A few days before that, a man was shot dead in a block of flats. He died outside a resident's door on the ground floor.

Plaatjies said the angry residents had ganged up after one shooting and burnt down two shacks they associated with gangsters.

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