KwaZulu-Natal Police say they have launched a manhunt for suspects who blew up a cash-in-transit van in Umlazi on Monday night.
Police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda says they are searching for an unknown number of suspects in connection with the CIT heist. The suspects will be facing murder and attempted murder charges.
“Information has revealed that the cash-in-transit armoured vehicle had just collected money from a grocery chain store and was driving on the Umbongitwini Bridge on the M35 pas, Philani Valley, in Umlazi when it reportedly came under attack from heavily armed suspects,” Netshiunda said.
Netshiunda further stated that a combi carrying Public Order Policing officers who were patrolling the area at the time drove into the active cash-in-transit crime scene unaware and were ambushed by the suspects.
RANDOM SHOTS FIRED BY SUSPECTS KILL A WOMAN AND INJURE POLICE OFFICERS
A woman was also caught in the crossfire and sustained fatal gunshot wounds.
“Suspects fired several random shots and one woman who was who was a passenger in a passing vehicle suffered fatal gunshot wounds and another person was rushed to hospital with a gunshot injury,” said Netshiunda.
Residents came out in the numbers after hearing a volley of gunshots in the area, and they were met with chaos at the scene as some tried to grab whatever cash notes where left during the heist.
One resident stated that they the shoot-out between police and the suspects lasted about 20 minutes, after which the suspects managed to flee in a getaway vehicle alleged to have been taken from the nearby garage.
SEARCH FOR THE SUSPECTS
Netshiunda said the suspects reportedly fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money and urged anyone who might have information about the whereabouts of the suspects to contact the nearest police station or call Crimestop at 08600 10111.
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