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Cape Town - Western Cape detectives are in pursuit of suspects following the brazen attack on the Lingelethu West police station in Khayelitsha in the early hours of Wednesday morning in which a sergeant on duty at the station was shot in the face.

Police spokesperson, Brigadier Novela Potelwa, said three suspects had entered the police station at around 2am under the pretext of reporting a robbery incident.

"They fired shots in the community service centre and police responded," Potelwa said.

"The suspects then fled the scene. The motive for the attack at this stage has not yet been established."

Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula condemned the attack and gave the assurance that the perpetrators would be brought to book and would face the consequences.

"Police are there to protect communities. An act of this nature undermines the authority of the state," said Jula.

Anyone with information was encouraged to contact the SAPS Crime Stop on 08600 10111.