South Africa – Fight against crime: Nine people shot dead by police

The South African Police carried out an operation following information received from anonymous sources. At least nine people were killed and another arrested.

11 illegal firearms, explosives and other objects were seized when police officers successfully conducted an operation in Isipingo, Durban, on Saturday morning. According to the APA, the police used secret information about a planned robbery in a commercial building in Isipingo where safes would be bombed, said KZN police spokesman Captain Nqobile Gwala.

The police officers went into service and the suspects arrived. Immediately when they saw the police officers, they fired shots. There was an exchange of gunfire. A total of seven suspects died at the scene and one 29-year-old suspect was arrested at the crime scene,” the spokesman said. The APA agency reports that three rifles, six pistols, explosives and burglary equipment were found on dead suspects.

Between two fires

While police elements were examining the scene of the shooting, further shots were heard in the vicinity, APA reports. Two suspects opened fire on the police officers and another exchange of fire took place. Two suspects were reported dead at the scene. Two unlicensed firearms were found in their possession.

Cases of investigation, attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms, possession of ammunition, possession of explosives, possession of burglary equipment and attempted theft had been opened, Gwala said, quoted by the African News Agency (APA) who reported the facts.

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