At least two armed robbers have been shot dead after a Special Task Force of the Western Cape Police received a tip-off about plans to target a cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicle in Paarl. Eight other gang members have also been apprehended following a highly dangerous but ultimately successful mission for the Special Task Force .
According to the South African the group had come from the Eastern Cape to execute a daring CIT heist in Paarl. They had got as far as the Huguenot Tunnel, emerging on the Paarl side of the iconic pass.
However, law enforcement sprang into action and gave chase to the suspects’ vehicle, a minibus taxi.
A deadly shootout ensued as the criminals opened fire on police officers. The exchange of gunfire enabled the police to bring all 11 potential CIT thieves to a halt. Although the carnage and subsequent clear-up operation ended up wreaking havoc with the N1 inbound traffic on Tuesday night.
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The criminal syndicate was left badly injured and emergency services rushed to the scene. Three of the criminals were declared dead on arrival, while another suspect was rushed to hospital for his critical injuries.
Seven more members of the crew were arrested after receiving treatment for injuries sustained in the shootout with the police.
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