Bloody CIT gun battle at Hlabisa leaves nine dead

cavedog

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TWO policemen and seven cash-in-transit (CIT) robbers were killed in a gun battle during an attempted CIT robbery last night (Friday) near Hlabisa.

One other woman was shot in the leg and is being treated in hospital.

Members of the South African Police Service’s Special Task Force (STF) and Crime Intelligence (CI) were following up on intelligence that a CIT vehicle was going to be attacked.

At about 7pm a group of heavily armed suspects attacked the security vehicle and used explosives to access the cash along the Hlabisa road.

However, members from the SAPS teams, the STF and CI responded speedily which resulted in a shootout between them and the robbers.

Seven suspects, a member from CI and the STF member were killed during the skirmish.

A female member who was shot in the leg is currently receiving medical treatment.

Four AK-47 assault rifles have been recovered thus far.

A BMW which was used by the suspects was reportedly used during other robberies including one recently at a Nongoma Shell garage robbery.

The National Commissioner, General Khehla John Sithole has conveyed his deepest condolences to families of the fallen police officers and wished the wounded member a speedy recovery.

‘This is yet another sad day for both the South African Police Service as well as South Africa at large, for every time the life of a police officer is lost in combat the nation mourns’, said General Khehla Sithole.

‘I offer my highest praise to all our colleagues who have once again put their lives on the line to bring hardened and selfish criminals to book’, he added.



https://zululandobserver.co.za/1850...battle-hlabisa-leaves-nine-dead-two-policemen

https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/...uding-two-cops-in-kzn-cash-van-heist-20190202
 

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Saw one guy trying to argue with SBV guards today. The officers were focusing on their job and paid no attention to his tantrums.
 
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"One other woman", "wounded member", "female member". From what I can gather, it's the same person, but:

Member of what?
 

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"One other woman", "wounded member", "female member". From what I can gather, it's the same person, but:

Member of what?
Just bad journalism, a case could also be made for sexism, it seems the injured woman is a police officer.
 

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Would've loved to see the footage of these 7 animals taking hits.
Pleeease don't insult the animals. Animals don't use automatic rifles to kill the inocent. This are Orcs running wild. Is there a video clip of the gun battle? The AK47 has a pretty distinct rattle.
 

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I have known one of the fallen officers (CI) for about 33 years. This man is a hero. He was on our police ministers speed dial. This hero lived and breathed to bring down the most violent criminals this country has ever seen. There are no words to adequately describe the dedication and impact he has had on serious crime in SA.

Every time you've read a story about CIT robbers being intercepted by a team/s where 7, 10, 14 odd bad guys have been killed, it was this hero who orchestrated it and made it happen, country wide. As far back as political killings and bombings in the 80's, ATM bombings and CIT heists, he's been at the forefront in bringing the worst to their knees and through his actions has saved countless lives.

He would spend day and night processing information, electronically tracking 30 to 40 suspects locations and movements at any one time. He couldn't sleep at night as every little piece of intel that came through, he had to follow up on, every time, no matter the time. He simply could not rest knowing that another cop, another security guard, another innocent victim might get killed by these ruthless bastards and his intel and actions could have stopped it. He would travel country wide to be on scene to see his hard work to finality. He didn't need to be on scene, but he couldn't help himself. He had to be there to support his brothers no matter what.

This hero leaves behind a wife, 3 children, family and friends and we are all at a loss without him.

RIP Carl.
 

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I have known one of the fallen officers (CI) for about 33 years. This man is a hero. He was on our police ministers speed dial. This hero lived and breathed to bring down the most violent criminals this country has ever seen. There are no words to adequately describe the dedication and impact he has had on serious crime in SA.

Every time you've read a story about CIT robbers being intercepted by a team/s where 7, 10, 14 odd bad guys have been killed, it was this hero who orchestrated it and made it happen, country wide. As far back as political killings and bombings in the 80's, ATM bombings and CIT heists, he's been at the forefront in bringing the worst to their knees and through his actions has saved countless lives.

He would spend day and night processing information, electronically tracking 30 to 40 suspects locations and movements at any one time. He couldn't sleep at night as every little piece of intel that came through, he had to follow up on, every time, no matter the time. He simply could not rest knowing that another cop, another security guard, another innocent victim might get killed by these ruthless bastards and his intel and actions could have stopped it. He would travel country wide to be on scene to see his hard work to finality. He didn't need to be on scene, but he couldn't help himself. He had to be there to support his brothers no matter what.

This hero leaves behind a wife, 3 children, family and friends and we are all at a loss without him.

RIP Carl.
Article today, mentioning Carl. I'm still in shock.


 

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Police were 'surprised' by cash heist gang, leading to two deaths
A team of elite police officers and crime intelligence agents hunting a cash-in-transit gang were caught unprepared when they drove into an ambush on a secluded stretch of road in the northern reaches of KZN. Outgunned and taken by surprise, the officers traded fire with a heavily armed gang for nearly 15 minutes on Friday night.

When the shooting stopped, bullet casings littered the tarmac and veld. Two police officers lay dead at the roadside and the bodies of seven gunmen lay scattered in the veld over a 3km radius. Another officer was wounded. Reliable sources with knowledge of the bloody botched swoop, which failed to prevent the bombing of an armoured cash vehicle, unpacked what went wrong.
https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/so...sed-by-cash-heist-gang-leading-to-two-deaths/
 

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Francois Beukman, chair of the portfolio committee on police, said that his committee was of the view that more resources should be allocated to specialised units who need to deal with highly trained and heavily armed cash-in-transit robbers, as well as other high-risk operations.
I fully support this
 
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