Precision team work by a special division of the police force in South Africa resulted in seven robbers being shot dead who were in the act of trying to rob a cash depot in the western portion of Johannesburg.
Reuters reports, in all, 11 vehicles and four weapons were confiscated, with an additional 9 people injured who were part of the robbery team, all of whom were under police guard in the local hospital.
“At around 5pm, the Hawks and the special task force confronted a group of 20 armed robbers who were about to rob a Protea Coin compound in Robertsville,” said Hawks spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko.
“After they were cornered, they shot at the Hawks; upon retaliation seven were fatally shot. Nine were injured and hospitalised.”
As many as two out of five residents of South Africa are without a job, contributing to an escalating crime rate.
The region is already known for having one of the highest rates of homicide anywhere in the world that is not in an official war zone.
Crime is a chronic problem for South Africa. It has one of the highest murder rates in the world outside a war zone.
in South Africa, about 40% of the adult population is jobless – a percentage expected to rise substantially in the coming years – and this is seen driving crime and widening economic inequality, according to Sky News.
A spokesman for the special Hawks police unit believe that they were able to either kill or wound all of the individuals participating in the theft of the cash-in-transit company.
“We believe we got the kingpin down. We are convinced that we got all the robbers – dead or arrested,” Paul Ramaloko said.