Three suspected hijackers killed in Roodepoort

Three suspected hijackers killed in Roodepoort

Three suspected hijackers were shot and killed in a shootout with the police and Hawks in Roodepoort on Wednesday.

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The gang apparently targeted VW Polos

Hawks spokesperson Philani Nkwalase says the suspects were intercepted on the side of the road immediately after allegedly hijacking a Polo.

“They tried to arrest them but the suspects greeted them with a hail of bullets which led to an exchange of gunfire that resulted in three suspects fatally wounded.

“Two suspects, aged between 25 and 30, were arrested and the injured owner of the Polo who was held in the vehicle was rescued,” says Nkwalase.

The owner of the car was taken to hospital.

Nkwalase says three firearms with ammunition, cellphones and heavy-duty gloves were recovered.

Preliminary investigations also linked the suspects to more than 18 hijacking cases committed in Gauteng.

The suspects are expected to appear in Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

They are facing charges of murder, attempted murder, carjacking, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.


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