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Three ‘hired killers’ die in gunbattle with police in Eastern Cape

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Three suspects allegedly linked to murders in the Eastern Cape were killed in a shootout with the police. Two further suspects were injured and one person was arrested on scene.

Three suspects were killed in a shootout with the police. File picture

THREE suspects allegedly linked to murders in the Eastern Cape were killed in a shootout with the police.

Eastern Cape police said two further suspects were injured and one person was arrested on scene.

Police spokesperson Captain Namhla Mdleleni said members of the SAPS Tactical Response Team (TRT) operationalised intelligence information and intercepted a suspicious vehicle on a gravel road between Nkondlo and Clarkebury near Mhlophekazi Administrative Area in Ngcobo.

“As members were attempting to stop the vehicle, some occupants opened fire and the police retaliated. Three suspects died at the scene and two were injured, while the sixth suspect was arrested. The injured men are currently in hospital under police guard,” said Mdleleni.

The police also seized two unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

Mdleleni said the three surviving suspects, aged between 35 and 52, will be charged with crimes ranging from murder to possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition and are expected to appear in court soon.

He said no police officers were injured during the incident.

The district commissioner, Major-General Rudolph Adolph, lauded the SAPS members for their swift action.

“There is a possibility that these men were operating as hired murderers, and your actions possibly saved a life,” said Adolph.

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