South African police have killed seven individuals allegedly involved in the attack this week against a police station in Ngcobo, in the Eastern Cape region, in the south-east of the country, according to security forces. it’s a statement. In the assault on the police installations, a retired soldier and five agents died.
Nyanga, more than 10 suspects were arrested, while others managed to escape, according to the note, which explains that the police cornered the gang, who hid in the temple. An agent was wounded in the shooting and is recovering in the hospital.
— SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) 24 February 2018
The attack occurred last Wednesday, when a group of armed men forced their way into the Ngcobo police station, between Umtata and Queenstown, and, without warning, opened fire at random against the officers on duty. Three were killed in the police station or the two wounded were taken to the hospital and were discharged soon after.
Next, the armed men separated the policewomen before stealing six pistols, two shotguns and two assault rifles, as well as a police vehicle. Subsequently, the bodies of two other officers, who had been taken a hostage, were found along the road near Nyanga, about six kilometers from the police station. In addition, the attackers killed a retired soldier in his escape.
“We have decided that this can not happen in South Africa, criminals can not undermine the State,” South African Police Commissioner General Khehla John Sitole told the News 24 channel. “We wanted our weapons and arrest these criminals,” he added. The police have recovered the stolen arsenal.
Assault on Wednesday sparked national outrage, despite the attacks on police are common in South Africa, which has one of the highest rates of crime in the world. At least 57 police officers died in the exercise of their office between April 2016 and March 2017, according to official data.