Rorisang Kgosana
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2 Feb 2016
2:12 pm

Security officers shot during attempted hijacking

Rorisang Kgosana

An unknown number of men approached the officers behind the truck and fired shots at them.

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Two security officers have been shot and wounded during an attempted hijacking of a cigarette truck in Silverton, Pretoria, earlier today.

Silverton police spokesperson Captain Jan Sepato said the incident occurred on Vivian Road when Fidelity security was escorting a British American Tobacco truck, Rekord East reported.

“The truck was transporting cigarettes. An unknown number of men approached the officers behind the truck and fired shots at them in an attempt to hijack the truck. The officers were wounded,” added Sepato.

The officers were reportedly in a critical condition.

Investigations are ongoing.

In a separate incident, police arrested two armed suspects who robbed a vehicle delivering cigarettes in Muizenberg, Western Cape, last year.

Four armed suspects robbed the vehicle in Muizenberg at about 11am, Western Cape police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said.

He said just after the robbery took place it was broadcast on police radio, and police were alerted to look out for a getaway vehicle driving in the direction of Mitchells Plain.

“While police vehicles in the vicinity were on the lookout for a white Nissan LDV driving in the direction of Mitchells Plain, members of [the] Flying Squad spotted the vehicle on Baden Powell Drive. The occupants were apprehended and the stolen cigarettes were retrieved,” said Traut.

– Caxton News Service