National 4.8.2016 11:49 am

Policeman shot, robbed at Athlone voting station

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The officer’s colleague, who was also posted at the voting station, was not harmed during the attack.

The Western Cape police have reported an incident that left a police officer shot and robbed of his service pistol on Thursday morning at a voting station in Athlone, Cape Town.

Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said the incident took place at about 02:05 on the corner of Pliny and Laurence roads in Athlone.

The officer, who is now in a stable condition in hospital, was attacked by four armed suspects who robbed him of his service pistol and shot him. The officer’s colleague, who was also posted at the voting station, was not harmed during the attack.

“The suspects fled the scene in a silver Toyota Avanza and are yet to be arrested,” said Traut.

“Any person who can shed light on the identities of the suspects is kindly requested to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111. All information will be treated confidentially,” he said.

Traut added that Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula had condemned the attack and added that police on duty would “not be deterred from ensuring safety and security and will remain focused on their mandate in spite of ruthless criminals activities”.

“He expressed his best wishes to the sergeant for a speedy recovery,” said Traut.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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