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Three suspected blue light gang members killed in police shoot-out

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Three suspected members of the “blue light” robberies gang were killed in a shoot-out with police on Sunday.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Brenda Muridili said a tip-off about the gang, which allegedly committed blue light robberies on the N3 between Villiers and Heidleburg using a white Toyota Hilux, led a multidisciplinary team to them on the N3 highway, Grootvlei in Mpumalanga.

“The vehicle was spotted with blue lights on. The suspects saw the police and sped away, resulting in a high-speed chase towards Zonkizizwe, Ekurhuleni. The suspects started shooting at the team and the team retaliated. Three suspects were fatally shot and one suspect managed to flee the scene on foot,” she said.

Police seized two unlicensed firearms and ammunition, blue lights as well as the suspects’ vehicle.

“The multidisciplinary team included, SAPS National Head Office Counter Intelligence, Secunda Crime Intelligence, Gauteng Tactical Response Team, Gauteng Anti-Gang Unit, DPC Tracking Team, Johannesburg K9, CAP Specialised Operations, Tracker Connect, ICB Insurance Crime Bureau, MZ Werke Security, Telesure Insurance Investigation.”

“Crime Scene Management team combed the crime scene for more evidence while the vehicle was taken to Vehicle Crime Investigation Unit for further analysis,” said Muridili.

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