Three alleged hijackers were killed in KwaDabeka after a shootout with police in KwaZulu-Natal, Highway Mail reports.
According to KZN spokesman Colonel Thembeka Mbhele, the Provincial Task Team members were conducting an operation in KwaDabeka aimed at preventing criminal activities when they spotted a car with five men.
“Police instructed the men to stop, but the occupants fired gunshots at the police with pistols and rifles. Police retaliated, killing three of them. Two other suspects managed to flee on foot and police are still searching for them. Three pistols were recovered from the men,” said Mbhele.
Police investigations discovered the car that the men were driving was hijacked in Newlands West earlier this month.
KwaZulu-Natal acting provincial commissioner Major-General Bheki Langa said they were thrilled police officers escaped the shooting unscathed and managed to remove illegal firearms from the criminals.
“The recovered firearms will be subjected to ballistic testing to ascertain if they were used in any other crime in the country. We will ensure the suspects who fled are apprehended immediately,” he said.
– Caxton News Service