Two suspects shot dead in foiled CIT robbery

The officers further confiscated a white Porsche Cayenne and a silver BMW SUV used by the suspects in the robbery.

 Two suspects gunned down in CIT robbery. Photo: SAPS

Two robbers were gunned down by police following an attempted cash-in-transit (CIT) robbery on the R42 road near Delmas on Monday morning.

Mpumalanga provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela praised Delmas police for their swift response which led to suspects being cornered.

Two suspects were arrested, while two more were fatally wounded during a shootout with the police, said police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala.

According to the police, a cash delivery van with two security guards was attacked by a group of heavily armed suspects.

The suspects then tried to rob the guards of cash but their efforts were futile.

“Police were alerted and swiftly went to the scene and upon their arrival, a shootout with police ensued,” Mohlala said.

“The police defended themselves whereby two suspects were fatally shot while two other suspects hijacked a Toyota Quantum minibus.”

He said the police managed to pursue the vehicle and arrested the two suspects.

The rest of the suspects fled the scene.

Police managed to recover a rifle as well as magazines, jamming devices and police hand radios.

The officers further confiscated a white Porsche Cayenne and a silver BMW SUV used by the suspects in the robbery.

Police are still on the lookout for the remaining suspects.

The two suspects are expected to appear before the Delmas district court soon facing armed robbery charges, possession of firearm and ammunition as well as possession of explosives.

More charges could be laid against the suspects.

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