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Another cop killed in Gauteng

A police officer has been shot and killed while his colleague was assaulted in Orange Farm.

FILE: A police officer has been shot and killed while his colleague was assaulted in Orange Farm. Picture: Saps.

JOHANNESBURG - Another police officer has been shot and killed this time in a business robbery in Orange Farm south of Johannesburg.

It's understood two policemen were visiting guards at the Stredfort Train Station in the early hours of this morning, when they were confronted by two armed men.

The men who fled on foot made off with the officers and one guard's firearms.

A manhunt is under-way for the pair.

The police's Lungelo Dlamini said the injured officer was recovering in hospital.

"Police have launched a manhunt for two suspects who attacked two police officer's at the police station, they were visiting the guards and when they arrived they were confronted by two men."

The latest shooting brings the number of officers killed in the past week around the country to at least seven.

At least seven officers have now been killed in the past week.

Earlier this week, a police officer was shot and killed at a taxi rank in Emalahleni.

The police's Lungelo Dlamini says, "One of the suspects shot the officer and killed him. The second officer was seriously assaulted. They took two firearms from the police officers and one firearm from the guard. They fled the scene on foot."

On Monday President Jacob Zuma said there's a war on the police force.

At least six other police officers have been murdered in the last week:

Monday, 27 July - JMPD officer Simon Mabatamela killed in Ivory Park

Wednesday, 29 July - Hawks officer Petrus Holtz killed in Cape Town

Wednesday, 29 July - Saps officer Njabulo Buthelezi killed in Vosloorus

Thursday, 30 July - SapsConstable James Seolwane killed in Temba

Friday, 31 July - Saps officer Celimpilo Hlabisa killed in Jeppestown

Sunday, 2 Aug - Saps officer John Marshall killed in Emalahleni

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma has condemned police killings, calling them an attack on the state.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega earlier this week warned criminals that they would not get away with killing officers.

She also called on the officers to protect themselves and always call for backup.

Over 54 officers have been killed since the beginning of the year.

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