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Policeman shot during attempted cash heist

A manhunt has been launched for suspects who opened fire on security officials and police.

Police tape closes off a crime scene. Picture: EWN.

RANDBURG - A police official has been airlifted to hospital after he was shot by an unknown number of suspects who opened fire as they tried to flee from an attempted cash heist in Randburg.

Police say the suspects tried to rob security guards who were making their way to a drop off point with a cash box.

When the suspects approached, the guards ran back to their vehicle prompting the suspects to open fire.

Its unclear how many shots were fired.

Police spokeswoman Doniah Mothutsane says one of the guards was wounded in the lower body and taken to hospital in a serious condition.

"The suspects took a rifle and pistol from the security guard. When they were leaving they opened fire on a police vehicle wounding one of the offices in the upper body."

Mothutsane says the suspects fled in a white bakkie and a polo.

A police helicopter was seen circling the area after a manhunt was launched to apprehend the suspects.