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Following reports, three alleged taxi hitmen were shot and killed by KwaZulu-Natal police on Friday afternoon, 19 February 2021.
The incident took place at 5.30 pm, while a taxi with passengers was travelling from Bridge City in KwaMashu to Umzinyathi (Dundee area).
According to the police, during the journey, the driver noticed another minibus following him. When the taxi reached the Umzinyathi area, the second vehicle’s occupants opened fire. Following the shooting, the driver stopped and fled the scene. Upon his return to the vehicle, he realised five female passengers were wounded. After contacting Emergency Services, the injured women were then transported to nearby health facilities to receive medical attention.
Police officers from the K9 Unit and Inanda SAPS, who were deployed in the area at the time, heard the gunshots and immediately responded. The gunmen attempted to escape but were aggressively pursued by the police. During their attempted escape, the suspects opened fire on the police officers, and an exchange of gunfire ensued. The suspects eventually lost control of their vehicle at Emachobeni, and the vehicle overturned into a ditch.
The SAPS explained that three of the men died on the scene as a result of gunshot wounds. It is suspected, others may have fled; after the vehicle came to a standstill. Police recovered five firearms at the scene, including a rifle and shotgun. Cases of attempted murder and an inquest have been registered for further investigation.
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