Pretoria - Police have launched a manhunt for two suspects who escaped from a police van in Atteridgeville on Tuesday.
Two of the suspects were among a group of 11 awaiting-trial accused who were being transported to Kgosi Mampuru II Prison from Atteridgeville Magistrate’s Court.
Police are also looking for five gunmen who pounced on the police van which was transporting the group of prisoners, freeing the two suspects. The incident happened at about noon on Tuesday when the group of armed assailants travelling in a maroon sedan blocked the van transporting the prisoners.
The five men armed with an AK47, an R-5 rifle and three handguns got out of the vehicle and forced the two police officers transporting the prisoners out of the van.
Police spokesman Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng said the officers were held at gunpoint while the suspects opened the van and freed two suspects.