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Cyclist killed by truck hijackers trying to flee on N12

A cyclist was killed on Monday by truck hijackers trying to flee from private security companies who gave chase on the N12.

THE CYCLIST WAS KILLED AS THE TRUCK HIJACKERS FLED

Police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said the fatal accident happened on the N12 off-ramp in Etwatwa near Sundra, on Monday morning around 09:30.

“According to the report, two Pakistani citizens were travelling on the N12 Road, direction to Witbank after purchasing some goods from Springs when they were pulled over by a silver Toyota Corolla with four suspects who attempted to hijack them.

“Fortunately, private security guards that were around patrolling noticed this drama that was unfolding and attended to the scene. On arrival, a shootout ensued between the securities and the suspects, whereby two suspects were reportedly shot and killed.”

Brigadier Selvy Mohlala

THE FOUR ATTEMPTED TO HIJACK A TRUCK

The other two hijackers fled the scene, chased by the securities, and headed towards Katboschfontein Road in Sundra.

Cyclist killed by truck hijackers trying to flee on N12 on Monday. Photo: Stock/Canva

Near Sundra, the hijackers crashed into a cyclist as they were fleeing to evade the arrest.

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A SHOOTOUT ENSUED AND TWO HIJACKERS WERE SHOT AND KILLED

“Unfortunately, the cyclist who sustained some injuries died. After crashing, they (suspects) then abandoned the vehicle and ran on foot, where they disappeared in the nearby bushes. The Sundra Police are investigating a case of culpable homicide.”

Two unlicensed firearms were recovered.

Mohlala furthermore said a preliminary investigation has so far revealed that the Corolla was reported stolen during February 2022 in Kempton Par. The vehicle was fitted with false number plates. 

He said the cyclist has not yet been identified.

THE CYCLIST HAS NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED YET

Police urge anyone with information that may assist in arresting the suspects that are still at large to contact Detective Captain Linky Olckers at 0823700921 or the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111. Members of the public can also send information via MYSAPSAPP. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.

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