Both suspects were taken to hospital under police guard, after attempting to hijack a bakkie on Friday night. Two hijackers were injured after being involved in a shootout with police in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal on Friday night.
Arrive Alive reports that the suspects hijacked a white Toyota Hilux bakkie from Cato Manor, which had a tracking device installed. After the bakkie’s tracking device was activated and indicated the vehicle was travelling towards Verulam, Tracker contacted Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) for further assistance to chase the suspects.
SAPS were also in pursuit of the suspects, finding the bakkie’s signal and pursuing it onto the R102 highway.
During the chase, suspects opened fire on police, who retaliated. The hijackers lost control of the bakkie and crashed into a median at an intersection in Verulam. They then attempted to flee on foot, while still shooting at police.
Both hijackers were shot, and police recovered a 9mm pistol at the scene. The second firearm, thought to have been thrown into a bush during the chase, is still being searched for by the police.
No police officers were injured during the shootout, despite suspects shooting at the police vehicle.
The suspects were transported to the hospital under police guard.
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Source: The Citizen