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Cigarette truck hijackers arrested

Police arrested four suspects who posed as cops and hijacked a truck filled with cigarettes.

Cigarette. Picture: Stock.xchng

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police have arrested four suspects for allegedly posing as police officers and hijacking a truck loaded with cigarettes worth millions of rand.

The incident took place on Wednesday near Boschkop and the suspects were arrested several hours later.

The police's Neville Malila says at least 11 robbers forced a truck and an escort vehicle off the road, and seized the firearm from the security officers.

"There were two marked vehicles and three of the guys were in police uniform."

The driver and the crew were dropped off at different locations around Tshwane.

Malila says the truck was tracked to Verena in Mpumalanga, but investigations led police to a farm near Bronkhorstspruit where the police arrested four suspects.

"They also discovered 200 boxes of cigarettes worth R4 million and one of the jamming devices used to block out the tracking signal."

Malila says they expected more arrests soon.

The four suspects will appear in court on Friday.

Meanwhile, a delivery truck transporting cigarettes was stormed by a number of armed men in Cape Town in April.

The hijackers unloaded cartons of cigarettes and put them into a getaway vehicle.

A chase ensued and three suspects were later arrested.