Three arrested in connection with taxi rank attack

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Police have arrested three men and confiscated two unlicensed firearms during an intelligence-driven operation aimed at stopping violence at the Mandeni taxi rank in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Last Monday, four taxis and two cars were set alight at the taxi rank, following a gun battle which lasted for about 40 minutes. It is alleged that the shooting was between two security companies and was taxi related.

Police spokesperson Col Thembeka Mbele said yesterday a number of police officers were deployed on Monday to the taxi rank to stabilise the situation and bring peace in the area, following complaints from people using the taxi rank.

She said police officers from the Ilembe cluster conducted an operation at the taxi rank and followed up on information regarding illegal firearms.

"The police officers spotted a vehicle fitting the description given to them at the rank with three occupants.

"The vehicle was stopped and searched. Two unlicensed pistols with 30 rounds of ammunition were seized," Mbele said.

She said the three suspects were arrested and charged for being in possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition. "The recovered firearms will be subjected to ballistic tests to establish if they were used in any crimes within the province," Mbele said.

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