Citizen reporter
1 minute read
2 Feb 2019
7:51 am

Two police officers, seven robbers killed during an attempted CIT heist

Citizen reporter

Police were following up on a tip-off received about a planned CIT vehicle attack in Pretoria on Friday night.

Image: Twitter/@JacaNews

Two police officers and seven suspects were shot and killed during a brazen attack on a cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicle in the Hlabisa area of KwaZulu-Natal on Friday night. A female police officer was also wounded in the attack, police said in a statement.

SAPS Special Task Force (STF) and Crime Intelligence (CI) were following up on information that a CIT vehicle was going to be attacked. Heavily armed suspects attacked the security vehicle and used explosives to access the money the vehicle was transporting.

ALSO READ: Garage employee shot during Soweto CIT heist

SAPS responded and a shootout ensued. The seven suspects were killed, as well as a member from both the STF and CI.

Four AK-47 assault rifles were recovered, as well as a BMW that suspects used during other robberies, including a recent incident at a Shell garage in KwaZulu-Natal.

National Commissioner General Khehla John Sitole conveyed his deepest condolences to families of the fallen police officers, and wished the wounded member a speedy recovery.

“This is yet another sad day for both the South African Police Service as well as South Africa at large for every time the life of a police officer is lost in combat, the nation mourns”, said General Khehla Sitole.

“I offer my highest praise to the all our colleagues that have once again put their lives on the line to bring hardened and selfish criminals to book”, added General Sitole.

(Compiled by Nica Schreuder)

For more news your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.