The spot outside the Koffiefontein Community Service Centre where the bodies were found. Picture: Danie van der Lith/DFA

Kimberley - Two police officers were shot dead during an apparent armed robbery at the Community Service Centre in Koffiefontein, a small mining town in the Free State.

The bodies of constables Obert Boitumelo Mekoa and  Mzonani David Manjo, both 32 years old, were discovered on Thursday morning when their colleagues returned from their evening patrol.

Mekoa was shot once in the head while Manjo was shot in the back and in the head.

Free State Police spokesperson, Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said that it appears as if they were killed by a person or a group of people who attacked the Community Service Centre.

The spot outside the Koffiefontein Community Service Centre where the bodies were found. Picture: Danie van der Lith/DFA

“One service pistol belonging to one of the murdered police officers is also missing.”

Free State acting provincial commissioner, Major General Moeketsi Sempe, expressed his sympathy for the families of the deceased officers.

Police suspect that a group of people attacked the Koffiefontein Community Service Centre. Picture: Danie van der Lith/DFA

"We would like to send our condolences to the families of these two members,” he said “It is always sad to lose members in this manner."

A special team would investigate the incident.
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