Four suspects were killed, another four wounded, and 23 people arrested on Friday 25 June in connection with an alleged plan to hijack a truck in Gauteng. Authorities swooped-in on the suspects while they were allegedly planning to hijack a truck between Pretoria and Johannesburg. It’s understood police were met with gunfire when they entered the premises with some suspects armed with rifles and handguns.

“During an intelligence-driven operation, a multi-disciplinary team comprising members from SAPS, Crime Intelligence, the Johannesburg Flying Squad, Gauteng Highway Patrol, EMPD Specialised Task Team and JMPD K9 Unit swooped in on suspects allegedly planning to hijack a truck between Pretoria and Johannesburg,” police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said.

National police commissioner Khehla Sitole has described the arrests as a breakthrough in efforts in the fight against crime. “The work done by this multidisciplinary integrated team today is a very significant contribution to our efforts to curb organised crime in the country.”

Police said they seized three rifles including an AK-47 rifle, a Dashbrown rifle, a R5 rifle as well as two pistols at the scene. The team further confiscated 15 vehicles at the scene of which four were either hijacked or stolen in the areas of Garsfontein, Silverton, Wierdebrug and Olifantsfontein.

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