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Sixteen migrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo died and three were seriously injured when the truck they were hiding in flipped over on a road in Angola.

Johannesburg - Six men were arrested when police foiled a truck hijacking on the R25 in Olifantsfontein, south of Pretoria, on Monday morning, Gauteng police said.

Police, acting on a tip-off, spotted two men wearing reflector jackets trying to force the courier truck to pull over, said Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said.

When police cornered the men, one pulled out a firearm and shot at the officers.

“The police returned fire, wounding him in the buttocks. He was taken to hospital for medical attention and is under police guard.”

A 9mm firearm and three vehicles - an Isuzu and a VW Golf and Polo - were confiscated.

The six men would appear in court soon on charges of attempted armed robbery, attempted murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm, and impersonating police officers. - Sapa


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