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Bullets rain on highway after cash-in-transit heist

A suspected armed robber was killed while another was wounded in a shoot-out on the N2 during a cash-in-transit heist.

According to a Macassar police spokesperson, the incident occurred around 22:00 on Monday night (2 September), when armed robbers in three Mercedes Benz cars targeted a Fidelity cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicle with three occupants and its armed escort on the highway.

It is believed the vehicle was en route to its depot and travelling direction Cape Town.

He said a group of robbers armed with automatic assault rifles and handguns swooped on the CIT vehicle after forcing it and the escort off the road.

“Three armed men bombed the CIT vehicle to loot the cash it was transporting. The occupants made it out of the vehicle safely and were unscathed,” the spokesperson said.

“A flying squad warrant officer who was travelling home in the direction of Somerset West, after completing his shift, responded to a commotion. His swift response foiled the heist. The armed robbers immediately opened fire after spotting the marked vehicle. The officer, escort and robbers engaged in a shoot-out, and a high-speed chase ensued.”

According to the spokesperson, swift reaction by the officer, aided by Harare police resulted in the apprehension of two of the suspected armed robbers, who sped off in the direction of Khayelitsha.

One of the suspects was fatally wounded after one of the vehicles was brought to a halt in the Kwadukwadu informal settlement on Baden Powell Drive.

Another, who was allegedly cornered near Mew Way was found seated outside the vehicle with a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

Police seized an AK-47 and more than 28 bullet shells found inside the vehicle. The injured suspect was transported to hospital under police guard.

The third vehicle with two bags containing an undisclosed amount of money in the boot was found abandoned.

The N2 highway was closed for the crime scene investigation following the incident. Provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa said the incoming lane was closed at Macassar Road and traffic was diverted to the R102 the following morning. It was reopened after 09:00.

The spokesperson lauded the officer for going beyond the call of duty and bringing the criminals to book.

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