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Cape Town - A 17-year-old teenager was wounded and arrested following a shoot-out with SBV guards on Saturday for attempting to rob a cash-in-transit truck at a railway station in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) in the Western Cape said.

A cash truck stopped at the Nolungile railway station at about 10.45am to collect cash, Hawks spokesman Captain Lloyd Ramovha said on Sunday.

When the guards were on their way back to the truck a group of about five armed suspects suddenly fired shots at them. The crew retaliated and the suspects fled the scene on foot towards the nearby taxi rank, he said.
 
Local police and the Hawks’ national bureau for illegal firearms control and priority violent crime unit (NBIFCPVC) were summoned to the scene. A search for the suspects was launched, resulting in the arrest of the teenager who was found near the taxi rank "sprawled on the ground with apparent gunshot wounds and a loaded handgun nearby".

He had been admitted to a local hospital under police guard. The remaining suspects were still at large and the NBIFCPVC team was "closing in on them".
 
The teenager was expected to appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of attempted robbery, attempted murder, and possession of an unlicensed firearm, Ramovha said.