Two armed robbers die after cash van runs them over.

Two armed robbers in possession of AK 47 died during a failed cash-in-transit robbery after being run over by a cash-in-transit vehicle in Oakley Trust, Bushbuckridge on Sunday, the 4th of July, 2021. According to Colonel Athlenda Mathe, G4S security officers had just collected cash from the Build It Hardware in Mkhuhlu and were traveling towards Thulamahashe when two vehicles appeared, a Nissan and an unidentified Mercedes Benz. The Nissan rammed the escort vehicle Toyota and injured the driver who was taken to hospital.

Mathe said gun fire was exchanged between the security guards and the suspects. Two suspects were killed on the scene. An AK47 was found at the scene with several magazines, several empty cartridges and live rounds. She said no cash was taken as the driver drove to Bushbuckridge Police Station

“As the G4S truck drove past the nearby Victor Driving School in Oakley, it came across the robbers who were waiting on the road. The robbers immediately started firing at the security backup team with AK-47s. We had to duck and dive from flying bullets hailed by the gang. The blue Toyota Cressida they were using collided with the backup van and a crossfire started between the guards and the gang. The taxi was shaking from the AK-47 shots,” said one of the taxi drivers who witnessed the incident.

“The cash truck made a sudden U-turn when it heard heavy gunshots. But it came across a silver Mercedes-Benz with another criminal gang inside. The cash van tried to hit the Mercedes with their truck but was unsuccessful. Two of the robbers tried to shoot at the guards. But the cash van driver ran over the two robbers and killed them on the spot. Realizing they were in trouble, the other gang hijacked an Audi and fled the scene,” said a villager.

Mathe said the police have launched a manhunt as other suspects fled the scene.

“Police are appealing to anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspects to contact their nearest police station. Police are also reminding the public that it is a crime to harbour a criminal,” said Mathe.

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