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A manhunt has been launched after three men robbed Libode police station in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Eastern Cape police said.
“Three armed men entered the community service centre at about 3.30am and accosted the two on-duty SA Police Service members, whilst they were attending and assisting victims of a truck accident,” said Brigadier Marinda Mills.
The men disarmed the police officers and locked them in a holding cell.
They obtained the keys to a safe and stole four R5 rifles, a 9mm pistol, 150 rounds of ammunition and cellphones, Mills said.
The Hawks and the national intervention unit have joined in the search for the three men.
Five other police officers on duty were attending complaints when the incident took place. When they returned to the police station, they freed their colleagues and raised the alarm.
Authorities had received intelligence from the community, which they believed would lead to the arrests of the men. - Sapa