Anti-gang unit attack in Nyanga, Cape Town sees 6 officers shot

Anti-gang unit attack in Nyanga, Cape Town sees 6 officers shot

- 6 police officers have been shot in Cape Town

- Two have sustained serious wounds

- The shooting took place after an operation in Nyanga

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Six police officers who are members of the anti-gang unit were shot early on Wednesday morning in Nyanga, Cape Town.

They were conducting an operation in the Samora Machel informal settlement.

While searching for a suspect, the officers came under fire.

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All six officers who sustained bullet wounds have been admitted to hospital. Two of them are believed to have sustained serious injuries.

A spokesperson for the police says that the members of the anti-gang unit are being offered trauma counselling in the wake of the shooting. 

The incident took place after police had arrested one suspect in the area. They were reportedly looking for two men who had been involved in two shootings in Blackheath on Tuesday, according to Eyewitness News. 

Police have said that the area where the shooting of the anti-gang unit members took place was poorly-lit and is a well-known crime hotspot. Additionally, they say the area was difficult to access, has gathered.

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The incident comes after Western Cape premier Alan Winde said pubically that the province's police are understaffed and under-resourced.

There is reportedly one police officer for every 509 people in the Western Cape - a bleak ratio which makes effective policing far more difficult.

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