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Mthethwa proud of cops who stopped casino robbery

Minister Nathi Mthethwa says police who were called in at Emperors Palace acted admirably.

Police block off the entrance to the Emperors Palace Casino on the East Rand after a robbery on 28 April 2013. Picture: Shain Germaner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa praised his officers for their swift arrest of 15 suspects who tried to rob the Emperors Palace Casino on the East Rand on Sunday.

Police received a tip-off on Sunday about a possible robbery at the casino.

Tactical response teams were able to intercept the armed gang before the robbery took place.

Two of the suspects were wounded during a shootout that ensued.

A five-year-old girl was grazed by a bullet during the shooting.

The ministry's spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said Mthethwa was proud of the police.

"In the first instance the police were facing suspects who were prepared to kill them and other innocent civilians. The way the police's mission was planned and executed means they could be commended publicly."

Mthethwa urged officers across the country to use this experience in their approach to dealing with violent crimes.