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Worshippers robbed by heavily-armed gang at mosque in Mpumalanga


A gang of 15 heavily-armed men stormed a mosque during a prayer service.

Police in Mpumalanga have launched a massive manhunt for a gang of armed men who robbed a mosque. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency (ANA)

A GANG of heavily-armed men made off with a car and personal belongings after robbing worshippers at a mosque in Kabokweni, Mpumalanga the police said.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said the mosque was robbed on Friday afternoon.

“According to the report, about 15 heavily-armed suspects driving in a white Toyota Quantum [minibus taxi] stormed into a place of worship, a mosque at Kabokweni at around 13.20pm. It is said that the suspects then held approximately 20 worshippers at gunpoint, robbing them of their personal belongings, including their cellphones. The suspects also took a car, a Toyota Corolla with registration number JRH 078 MP, belonging to one of the worshippers before they fled the scene,” Mohlala said.

He said a business robbery case was opened at Kabokweni police station.

“A massive manhunt for the suspects has since been launched and police urge anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspects to call Detective Lieutenant-Colonel Zenzo Banda on 082 373 9062 or call the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111. Alternatively members of the public can send information via MySAPS app. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous,” he said.

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