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By Ntwaagae Seleka | Jun 29, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

POLICE came out with guns blazing, which left two armed robbers dead and four others critically wounded during a gun battle outside Eden Park, Ekurhuleni, yesterday.

Police spokesperson Colonel Eugène Opperman said this should send a stern warning to other would-be-robbers.

"The message is very clear - pointing a firearm at the police will force our members to unleash the full might of the law," Opperman said.

He said that at about 9.30am six men entered a jewellery store in Three Rivers, Vereeniging, where they held staff at gunpoint.

"They stole jewellery and fled in a silver Toyota Corolla. A description of the vehicle and where it was headed was circulated to all our units," he said.

The rapid response unit, air wing and air force all joined the chase. The robbers' vehicle was spotted on Old Vereeniging Road near Eden Park.

"Our members ordered the six passengers to surrender and shot at the rear wheel of the robbers' vehicle to force it to stop.

"The robbers stopped their car, jumped out, pulled out their firearms and started firing at the police," Opperman said.

The police returned fire and two robbers were shot dead and four others wounded after a fierce gun battle. Opperman said no police official was injured during the shootout.

The rear window of a police vehicle was shattered by a bullet.

The two robbers died metres from each other, with a bag filled with jewellery next to the feet of one of them. The four wounded robbers were taken to hospital in a serious condition and are under police guard.

Police are investigating cases of armed robbery and attempted murder.


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