Five suspected robbers shot dead by police

Henry

Five suspected bank robbers were fatally wounded on Monday during a shootout with the police on the N14/Ventersdorp highway on the West Rand.

According to col. Katelgo Mogale, spokesperson for the Hawks, has received information that suspects in a silver-grey Toyota and white Volkswagen Polo are planning a robbery in the Carletonville area.

“The information was followed up and the vehicles were spotted in Carletonville where they drove in the vicinity of several banks. When they left the Carletonville area, law enforcement officers tried to pull the vehicles off the road after which the suspects opened fire on them.”

Five suspects, between 25 and 35, were fatally wounded during the shootout and a female suspect was arrested.

Mogale said the suspects’ vehicles were linked to three robberies in Groblersdal, Secunda and Hercules respectively. The investigation continues.