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Two in court for Kopanong cop murder

Crime & Courts

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.

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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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