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Seven suspected robbers shot dead

Seven suspected robbers were shot dead at Protea Coin cash compound west of Johannesburg on Saturday, the Hawks said.

“At around 5pm, the Hawks and the special task force confronted a group of 20 armed robbers who were about to rob a Protea Coin compound in Robertsville,” said Hawks spokesman Captain Paul Ramaloko.

“After they were cornered, they shot at the Hawks; upon retaliation seven were fatally shot. Nine were injured and hospitalised.”

Eleven vehicles and a number of firearms were confiscated.

No further details were immediately available. - Sapa

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