Hawks launch manhunt for attempted murder suspects

Hawks at the scene of the incident.

A Hawks manhunt is underway for a group of men who were allegedly involved in a cash-in-transit, a hijacking and the attempted murder of two police officers.

Three security guards were accosted by a group of suspects while they were loading ATMs on Wednesday morning. The suspects fired shots at the security guards, robbed them off their firearms and managed steal five cash boxes.

During their getaway, the suspects hijacked an unmarked police van and a chased ensued between the alleged robbers and the Ntuzuma detectives.

The suspects lost control of their getaway van and continued shooting towards the members.  One officer was shot and is in a critical condition in hospital while the other received minor injuries and is being kept in the sickbay for observation.

More reinforcements were summoned which led to the arrest of one the suspects in the vicinity. Police managed to recover the five cash boxes as well as an unlicensed firearm. A manhunt is currently underway for the remaining suspects.  The detained suspect, aged 29, will appear in in court soon.

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