23 arrested, 4 killed as cops zoom in on Midrand hijackings

23 arrested, 4 killed as cops zoom in on Midrand hijackings

Almost two dozen suspects have been arrested for a recent spate in hijackings in Midrand.

arrest of alleged hijackers in Midrand

Four others were shot dead at President Park on Friday in an exchange of gun fire with police.


It’s believed the group were planning to hijack a truck between Pretoria and Johannesburg when law enforcement swooped in. 


“As the team entered the  premises in President Park Midrand, they were met with gunfire by some of the suspects armed with rifles and handguns,” says national police spokesperson Vish Naidoo.  


“There were 27 suspects on the premises. Four suspects were shot and killed while four others were wounded. A total of 23 suspects, including the four wounded suspects are under arrest.”


Several weapons were seized at the scene, including an AK-47 rifle, a  Dashbrown rifle, an R5 rifle as well as two pistols at the scene. 


“The team further confiscated 15 vehicles at the scene, of which four were either hi-jacked or stolen in the areas of Garsfontein, Silverton, Wierdebrug and Olifantsfontein,” Naidoo adds. 


The wounded suspects are recovering under police guard in hospital.


The remaining 19 suspects have been charged with attempted murder, conspiring to commit armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition and possession of vehicles suspected to be stolen. 

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