2 wounded as cops foil hi­jack­ing

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS -

A MO­TORIST and a po­lice­man were shot and wounded when an armed gang hi­jacked a truck trans­port­ing cig­a­rettes near Rand­fontein yes­ter­day, po­lice said. The two were hit dur­ing a shootout be­tween the po­lice and the gang of about 12 men, Lieu­tenant-Colonel Lun­gelo Dlamini said. The in­ci­dent oc­curred at 6am on the R28 be­tween Se­bo­keng and Rand­fontein, after po­lice got a tip-off. They spot­ted three ve­hi­cles parked on the side of the road and the oc­cu­pants opened fire. The truck was found in a nearby field, where the hi­jack­ers were trans­fer­ring the cig­a­rettes onto the back of a bakkie. The wounded were taken to hos­pi­tal. Po­lice are search­ing for the sus­pects in a BMW, a Kia bakkie and a Mo­ran SUV. – Sapa

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