18 Dead In Gang Robbery Shoot-out In SOUTH AFRICA

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According To African News, Sixteen men and two women suspected of being part of a gang that robbed armored vans were killed Friday in a shootout with South African police in a rural northern region. Officers approached a building where the gang was operating, and the suspects opened fire, which they returned, according to officials.

The gang was suspected of robbing armored vans used for carrying cash from banks and had been under surveillance for days. The shootout started at around 1pm this afternoon and the police returned fire. The shooting lasted about an hour and a half. It was a war. When it finally ended, we found that 16 men and 2 women had been killed, informed Fannie Masemola, South Africa National Police Commissioner.

We can say that bombs that are used in CIT (Cash-In-Transit) crimes were also found. Some of them were found placed in strategic areas of the residence to avoid them going off accidentally, added the National Police Commissioner. Cash-in-transit heists are a common and often violent crime in South Africa, and the criminals who pull them off are usually heavily armed.

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