Four alleged hijackers shot and killed, four injured, 19 arrested in Midrand

Four alleged hijackers were shot and killed, four others injured and 19 others were arrested on Friday during a shootout in Midrand.

POLICE REACTED TO A TIP-OFF OF A PLANNED HIJACKING

Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, police spokesperson said the suspects allegedly planning to hijack a truck between Pretoria and Johannesburg.

Naidoo said the intelligence-driven operation, a multi-disciplinary team comprising of members from SAPS Crime Intelligence, the Johannesburg Flying Squad, Gauteng Highway Patrol, EMPD Specialised Task Team, and JMPD K9 swooped in on planned hijacking.

“As the team entered the premises in President Park Midrand, they were met with gunfire by some of the suspects armed with rifles and handguns.”

THERE WAS A TOTAL OF 27 SUSPECTS ON THE SCENE

Naidoo furthermore said there were 27 suspects on the premises.

“Four suspects were shot and killed while four others were wounded. A total of 23 suspects, including the four wounded suspects, are under arrest.”

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Police seized three rifles including an AK-47 rifle, a Dashbrown rifle, an R5 rifle as well as two pistols at the scene.

Four alleged hijackers
Photo: SAPS

“The team further confiscated 15 vehicles at the scene of which four were either hijacked or stolen in the areas of Garsfontein, Silverton, Wierdabrug, and Olifantsfontein.”

Naidoo said the wounded suspects were taken to hospital under police guard while the remaining 19 suspects are being detained. They face charges of attempted murder, conspiring to commit armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition, and possession of suspected stolen vehicles.

The National Commissioner of Police, General Khehla John Sitole has welcomed the breakthrough to curb truck-jackings following the arrest of several suspects in Midrand, Gauteng today.

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“The work done by this multidisciplinary integrated team today is a very significant contribution to our efforts to curb organized crime in the country,” said General Sitole.

We continue to appeal to anyone who has any information on crime to please contact the SAPS Crime Stop number 086 00 10111 or information may be communicated via the SAPS MySAPSApp. 

All information will be treated with the strictest confidence and callers may remain anonymous. 

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Presh JM Reporter

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