Six held after foiled hijacking

 / 26 Nov '12

Johannesburg - Six men were arrested when police foiled a truck hijacking on the R25 in Olifantsfontein, south of Pretoria, on Monday morning, Gauteng police said.

Police, acting on a tip-off, spotted two men wearing reflector jackets trying to force the courier truck to pull over, said Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said.

Sixteen migrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo died and three were seriously injured when the truck they were hiding in flipped over on a road in Angola. Credit:

When police cornered the men, one pulled out a firearm and shot at the officers.

“The police returned fire, wounding him in the buttocks. He was taken to hospital for medical attention and is under police guard.”

A 9mm firearm and three vehicles - an Isuzu and a VW Golf and Polo - were confiscated.

The six men would appear in court soon on charges of attempted armed robbery, attempted murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm, and impersonating police officers. - Sapa

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