- The police have foiled an attempted robbery by a road spiking gang on the N1 near Stormvoel
- The suspects were holding the passengers of an Iveco minibus and were in the process of robbing them
- The suspects immediately opened fire on the police who returned fire leaving one of the suspects dead
Gauteng police officers have managed to foil an attempted robbery by a spiking gang. The suspects were allegedly using road spike to force vehicles to stop in order to rob them.
The police had noticed an increase in these events and had stationed patrols in strategic areas. The police were on patrol when they came across the robbers in the process of stopping a minibus.
News24 reported that the suspects immediately opened fire on the police resulting in a brief exchange of fire that left one suspect dead.
Gauteng traffic spokesperson Selle Maremane said that the incident took place next to the Stormvoel off-ramp on the N1 and the minibus in question was an Iveco. The passengers were being held hostage by the suspects.
A manhunt has been launched after the rest of the suspects fled on foot. Three cellphones and two bags were recovered.
Maremane said that the police would continue to prioritise spiking on the roads according to the Daily Sun.
Earlier, Briefly News reported that a suspect has been arrested after being found with 800kg of compressed pure cocaine with an estimated street value of R400 million. The 39-year-old was allegedly driving a bakkie that was towing a ski boat
The 12-foot ski boat was stopped by police after they received information. The drugs were found in the boat while it was being searched. The arrest happened on the N1 north near the R21 Flying saucer interchange in Pretoria.
A multi-disciplinary team made up of the Pretoria Serious Organised Crime, South African Narcotic Enforcement Bureau, Tactical Operations Management Section of the Hawks and the Crime Intelligence Head Office.
In other news, South African police officers were involved in a violent shootout that left seven suspected gang members dead including the alleged gang boss.
The alleged gang members had been terrorising the residents of Imbali. Police minister Bheki Cele arrived at the scene on Tuesday evening and reported that AK47s had been found among the weapons used by the suspects.
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