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Two in court for Kopanong cop murder

Bloemfontein - Two men accused of killing a Free Sate policeman appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Friday, provincial police said.

Captain Harry Nagel said their bail application would be heard on January 17.

The two, aged 28 and 19, were allegedly part of a group of four gunmen who robbed a shop in Kopanong, Bloemfontein, on Tuesday.

The four robbed a shop shortly before 2pm. When they tried to flee the police arrived and they ran back into the shop. They re-emerged guns blazing, hitting Sergeant Molahlehi Ephraim Mokhasi, 41. He died on the scene.

The robbers ran away with cash, a laptop, and a police service pistol. Two kilometres away other officers and the Bloemfontein dog unit confronted them. During the ensuing shootout a female constable from the dog unit was hit in the leg and hand. A third bullet struck her bullet proof vest. Another police officer was shot in the hand.

One of the gunmen was killed, and a second arrested. The second man was arrested on Wednesday.

They faced charges of murder, attempted murder, and armed robbery. - Sapa

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