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Truck hijacking suspect killed by KZN police in shootout, four arrested

By Karen Singh Time of article published Jun 27, 2021

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DURBAN: Four suspects have been arrested and another fatally wounded, during a shootout with police, after a truck valued at R300 000 was hijacked in Murchison, near Port Shepstone, on the KZN South Coast.

Police said the four men, who are aged between 25 and 30, were charged with carjacking and attempted murder.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said, on Saturday night, at 7.25pm, a truck was hijacked at gunpoint in Murchison, about 13km west of Port Shepstone, by five men.

The hijacked vehicle was driven along the highway towards Durban, she said.

Mbele said police officers gave chase and tried to pull the vehicle over, but the driver refused to stop.

“During the chase there was an exchange of gunfire and, at Ifafa, the truck drove into the embankment between the north bound and south bound lane. The driver fled from the truck, across the freeway, and headed for the bushes,” she said.

She said following the shootout, the body of a 30-year-old suspect was found by police in the bushes.

“The truck, valued at about R300 000 was recovered,” said Mbele, adding that four suspects were detained at the Port Shepstone Police Station.

The suspects are expected to appear at the Port Shepstone Magistrate's Court on Monday.

THE MERCURY

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