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Casino applauds cops after foiled robbery

Emperor’s Palace sang their praises to police after they intercepted a gang of robbers

The Mazda double cab used by the robbers at Emperors Palace Casino on the East Rand on 28 April 2013. Picture: Shain Germaner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Emperors Palace has commended police and its own security for an operation that netted fifteen armed robbery suspects.

The men were arrested after they attempted to rob the casino on the East Rand on Sunday morning, Gauteng police said.

Police received a tip-off that the gang was targeting the casino and tactical response teams were able to intercept the gunmen yesterday before the robbery could take place. In the ensuing shootout, two of the suspects were wounded and a five-year-old girl was grazed by a bullet.

The girl, whose head was grazed by a stray bullet, is still receiving treatment in hospital.

Considering the number of bullets fired, witnesses were shocked to learn that only few people sustained minor injuries.

The casino's Judy Van Wyk assured that the safety and security of both their customers and staff remained their priority.

The gang is expected to appear in court tomorrow for attempted robbery, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit robbery.