Update | At least 18 prisoners still on the run after daring escape in Pietermaritzburg

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Forensic officers dust the police van that came under attack for fingerprints. The vehicle had been transporting awaiting-trial prisoners from New Prison to the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court when it was forced off the road on Wednesday morning.
Forensic officers dust the police van that came under attack for fingerprints. The vehicle had been transporting awaiting-trial prisoners from New Prison to the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court when it was forced off the road on Wednesday morning.
Moeketsi Mamane

Eighteen prisoners were still on the run on Wednesday night following a brazen attack by armed gunmen on a police truck transporting prisoners to court.

Five men, armed with AK47 assault rifles, forced the SAPS vehicle carrying prisoners from Pietermaritzburg’s New Prison to the magistrate’s court off the road.

The attack occurred just past St George’s Garrison Church and the Fort Napier Psychiatric Hospital in Devonshire Road, at around 8 am on Wednesday morning.

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