EXCLUSIVE | #UnrestSA: Durban's stolen ammunition used to attack cops

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Looters on Spine Road behind Pavilion Mall in Durban during the unrest.
Looters on Spine Road behind Pavilion Mall in Durban during the unrest.
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Gunmen, who fired on police officers conducting a raid in Lamontville, south of Durban, were armed with stolen ammunition looted from a container during the rampant unrest which beset KwaZulu-Natal.

News24 can reveal that bullet casings recovered from the shooting scene on Thursday were linked to the cache of nearly 1.5 million rounds of ammunition spirited away from an unguarded container depot in Mobeni when thousands of looters rampaged through the south Durban industrial district.

Less than two weeks after the ammunition was stolen, this is the most unambiguous indication yet that illicit ammunition has fallen into criminal hands, with experts warning that the theft will spur a rise in deadly shooting incidents and violent crime.

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