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2021/01/06      |  Written By:  Colonel A Mathe   |   Province:  Free State

Pretoria: 04 January 2020 - A manhunt is currently underway for a group of armed robbers following a cross pavement robbery that claimed the life of a G4S security official.

The incident occurred at around 11:45 on Monday in Heidedal while the security officials were conducting their daily duties. The guards were collecting cash at a local supermarket, when they were accosted. In the process, money was taken, the security official disarmed off his service pistol and thereafter shot and wounded. Sadly, the 29-year-old security official was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.

At the crime scene, police recovered a Nissan NP 300 that was utilized by the armed robbers. The vehicle was found to be stolen in a hijacking incident earlier this year in Mangaung.

Reports indicate that the suspects fled the scene in a white Ford Ranger. Members of the public that may have seen what transpired and/or have information on this incident, are requested to contact their nearest police station or contact the crime stop number on 08600101111.

The National Commissioner of the SAPS, General Khehla Sitole has instructed police in the Free State to mobilize all resources with the implementation of the 72-hour activation plan in a bid to apprehend those responsible for this crime.