According to the Acting Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi has commended the bravery of a group of police officers involved in an operation to apprehended suspected armed robbers on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal today.
“Despite being attacked by these armed suspects our police officers fought back. Criminals must know that police officers will always defend themselves and members of the community when they are attacked. We will not be intimidated by these criminals and we will continue with our plans aimed at reining in wanted armed robbers in this province,” he said.
Just before midday today a joint operation by various police units was conducted along the N2 Freeway near Nyoni. Police spotted the vehicle used by the suspects travelling on the north bound lane. As police officers attempted to pull over the vehicle, the two occupants allegedly opened at police, damaging a police vehicle in the process. The two suspects were fatally wounded during the shootout with police officers.
Two unlicensed firearms were seized from the suspect’s vehicle. It is believed that the men were wanted on a number of armed robbery cases in KwaZulu-Natal.