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7 dead, more than 10 arrested during shootout with Ngcobo police killers at church

Feb 24, 2018
7 dead, more than 10 arrested during shootout with Ngcobo police killers at church

The police multi disciplinary team tasked to investigate the killing of five police officers and a retired soldier following an attack on the Ngcobo police station, in Engcobo, early on Wednesday morning made a major breakthrough after they fatally shot seven suspects in a shootout on Friday.

"More than 10 other suspects were arrested while others managed to escape," described HAWKS spokesperson, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

"One police officer was wounded and he is recuperating in hospital."

He said that the task team which comprises of the Hawks, Detectives, Crime Intelligence, the Task Force, National Intervention Unit and the Tactical Response Team followed information on Friday evening of a possible gang that was responsible for the tragic incident.

 "The group which uses a church as a hiding place was cornered inside the church premises. A gun battle between suspects and police ensued which left seven suspects dead and a task force member injured in the legs," Big Mlaudzi described. 

"An unknown number of suspects managed to escape and are currently being sought by the police. A number of firearms have been confiscated.

"Further details on the incident will be communicated once the crime scene has been processed by the SAPS Forensic Services Unit."

Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula, is expected to brief the media with more details.

Four people were also taken in for questioning over the incident.

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