One suspect dies, two are arrested after cops and security officers foil Mpumalanga hijacking

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One person died and two have been arrested following a shootout in connection with the hijacking.
One person died and two have been arrested following a shootout in connection with the hijacking.
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  • A hijacking suspect died in a high-speed chase with the police and security officers.
  • Two others have been arrested for hijacking and kidnapping, following a shootout.
  • The owner of the hijacked vehicle has been found unharmed.

A suspected hijacker died, and two others were arrested in connection with a hijacking and kidnapping which police and security officers foiled in Mpumalanga.

The owner of the hijacked vehicle was found unharmed in the getaway car.

According to police spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli, police and security officers responded to the hijacking reports on Tuesday evening.

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The assailants were seen speeding along the N12 near to the Kusile off-ramp - one in a Toyota double cab bakkie and the others in a BMW sedan. Police and security guards gave chase.

"The Toyota bakkie with one suspect, aged 27, reportedly took [the] turn-off on the R42 toward Delmas and it is said that the vehicle lost control at a certain four-way crossing and rolled over. As a result, the driver died in the accident. A pistol and a jamming device were found [on] the scene," Mdhluli said.

Meanwhile, police continued to pursue the BMW.

Mdhluli said

An exchange of gunfire ensued between the said suspects and the security forces [in which] one suspect was shot and sustained some injuries on the lower body.

He has been arrested and is under police guard in hospital.

A second pistol was also found.

"A case was opened accordingly and upon further investigation, the victim, who is said to be the owner of the white bakkie, was surprisingly found unharmed inside the BMW. The victim alleged that he was hijacked [in] Vosman whilst driving home. Meanwhile, a preliminary probe revealed that the BMW was hijacked in June 2021 in Vosloorus," Mdhluli said.

Police can't rule out the possibility that those who were arrested are linked to other crimes, Mdhluli added.

They are expected to appear in court soon.

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