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Johannesburg - Police on Thursday confirmed the arrest of nine people over a suspected taxi violence incident in Fourways. 

The incident reportedly happened outside the premises of Fourways Mall and resulted in the temporary closure of Fourways Boulevard.

It has since been reopened between Percy Street and Ruby Close.

According to police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo, police patrolling the area came across a group of men vandalising a Quantam taxi at the mall.

"Police then approached the men and as they approached, the men began shooting at police officers.

"Officers then returned fire and at that point, the men got into another parked taxi and sped off, resulting in police officers giving chase."

The taxi eventually came to a stop and the suspects then ran away on foot, leading police to chase after them.

Masondo confirmed that police apprehended nine suspects, with the help of community members, while the remainder of the group managed to run away.

"They were then detained but police were unable to recover firearms from them... we believe the men who managed to escape were the ones who were armed," he said. 

No injuries were reported. 

Masondo confirmed that a case of malicious damage to property as well as attempted murder has since been opened against the men. 

Fourways Mall Management meanwhile, has confirmed the incident in a statement released on social media.  

Fourways Mall can confirm there was an incident of taxi violence outside the mall on Fourways Boulevard... there was no internal incident and the mall continues to trade as normal," the mall's management said.

Investigations continue. 

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