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Massive manhunt for gang that killed five Ngcobo police officers and an off-duty soldier

Feb 21, 2018
Massive manhunt for gang that killed five Ngcobo police officers and an off-duty soldier

The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Khehla John Sitole, has strongly condemned an early morning attack on the Ngcobo Police Station, in Engcobo, between Umtata and Queenstown, which left five police officers and an off-duty soldier dead.

"An unknown group of armed suspects entered the Ngcobo Police station in the early hours of Wednesday morning and without warning, randomly opened fire on the members on duty," described Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, Spokesperson for the National Commissioner.

"Three members were killed instantly in the Community Service Centre. An off duty soldier was also shot dead as the suspects were fleeing.

"The suspects made off with a police van taking two other members. The bodies of both these members with gunshot wounds were later found along the roadside, six kilometers from the police station. According to preliminary investigations, it appears that members were shot execution style." 

He said that this callous and cold-blooded attack has been condemned in the strongest possible way by the National Commissioner.

"I am appalled and deeply saddened by the cold and callous attack on our colleagues this morning," said General Sitole.

"I have activated a task team comprising of experienced detectives of the South African Police Service and the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation to investigate this attack."

This team will be supported by specialized medium to high risk teams with the added support of the Airwing. "We will not rest until we have tracked down these heartless killers and bring them to book", added General Sitole.

The National Commissioner has also called upon the community to assist with any information that could help identify and bring these perpetrators to book as this is a heartless attack on the State.

While the motive for this attack is not clear yet we have established that the suspects have a robbed an ATM a short distance away from the police station, stolen 10 firearms as well as a police van from the station.

Information can be communicated to the SAPS Crime Stop number 086 00 10111. Callers may remain anonymous and all information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.



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