Cape Town students have been warned of an armed robbery gang operating near a university campus, Western Cape police said on Friday.

Captain Frederick van Wyk said three University of Cape Town students had been targeted while walking in Claremont, Rondebosch and Mowbray this week.

The gang apparently asked pedestrians for directions, before persuading them to get in the vehicle and showing them where to drive.

“En-route, these students are held up and robbed of their laptops, iPhones and they are also forced to withdraw cash from their bank accounts and hand them over to the suspects,” Van Wyk said.

The students were then dropped off.

People were asked to be on the lookout for three coloured males driving around in a small black car and a white Mercedes-Benz. - Sapa