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Shootout with AK47s

The police’s organised crime unit is on the hunt for three alleged robbers who escaped after a shootout with the police using AK47s Monday morning.

Five of the eight robbers involved in the robbery and shootout with police on the Robertson road were arrested just after the incident.

It has since been established that the robbers are from the Cape Town area.

Chaos ensued at the Italian Lounge Liquor Store in Zwelethemba, where the men entered the store with assault rifles and handguns and took an undisclosed amount of money and a 9 mm Norico pistol from a security guard.

After the robbery, the police cornered the suspects in the Quantum they were travelling in. A shootout ensued near the traffic department. Two of the suspects were wounded, one in the leg, the other in the stomach. They were taken to hospital under police guard.

A witness told Standard: “I saw how the police recovered two AK47s from the taxi.”

According to spokesperson Capt Lindikhaya Mkhontwana, the police arrested four suspects on the scene and the others ran off.

The escaping robbers then hijacked an Audi Q7 ,which they drove to Zwelethemba and dumped there. They then took off on foot, but the police managed to apprehend one of them who had been hiding.

The Audi Q7 was recovered. Two AK47s, the 9 mm Norico pistol belonging to the security guard and another automatic rifle were recovered from the suspects on the scene.

According to the Western Cape police, the local police were placed on high alert in search of the perpetrators. The money stolen was also recovered.

The two wounded suspects were still in hospital at the time of writing. The suspects, aged between 30 and 44, will appear in court soon on charges of armed robbery, possession of stolen property and unlicensed firearms.

The police in Worcester urge anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the remaining armed suspects to contact D/Captain Harold Joseph on 023 348 6100 (office) or on 079 893 9850 (cell).

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