Police recovered this hijacked car and rescued a couple and their three-year-old child. Picture: SAPS

Durban - Police have rescued a couple and their three-year-old child after they were hijacked while travelling in their VW Polo in Gelucksburg, a village in KwaZulu-Natal.

Spokesperson Thembeka Mbele on Wednesday said: “The suspects allegedly put the victims into their vehicle and drove with them in a convoy. The couple managed to contact police". 

She said when police intercepted the hijackers a shootout ensued. “One suspect was injured and taken to hospital under police guard. None of the police officers were injured during the shootout.”

Police have recovered a firearm, which will be subjected to ballistic testing to ascertain whether it has been used in any other crimes.

All the arrested suspects will appear in the Bergville Magistrate's Court soon.

African News Agency/ANA