10 thieves killed in foiled cash heist in South Africa


Thieves often target vehicles carrying cash in crime-ridden South Africa.

Johannesburg:

The number of would-be thieves killed in a foiled cash robbery in South Africa has risen to 10, the police watchdog said on Monday, in one of the country’s deadliest shootings in recent years .

Police Minister Bheki Cele previously reported that police killed eight suspects who planned to attack a vehicle carrying cash.

But spokeswoman for the country’s Independent Police Investigations Directorate (IPID), Grace Langa, updated the toll to 10, with five police officers injured.

Police acted on a tip and deployed a helicopter to repel a planned theft of cash in transit in Johannesburg’s southern suburb of Rosettenville.

The suspects fired on the police helicopter and injured one of the pilots, forcing the police to return fire.

“They shot the helicopter before anyone did anything to them,” Cele told reporters at the crime scene. “They shot the pilot.”

The minister said a gang of around 25 gunmen from southeastern KwaZulu-Natal province as well as neighboring Zimbabwe and Botswana were involved in the attempted robbery.

Eight of the surviving members of the gang have been arrested and the rest are on the run, he said.

Thieves often target vehicles carrying cash in crime-ridden South Africa.

Police reported last week that 60 thefts of cash in transit occurred between October and December 2021, a slight drop from the same period in 2020

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