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Manhunt launched for Vosloorus cop killers

A police officer was killed during a shootout with armed robbers at a Vosloorus shopping centre.

FILE. The police officer was killed during a shootout with armed robbers in Vosloorus. Picture: Free Images.com

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police have launched a manhunt for a gang of armed robbers who murdered a Vosloorus policeman following a shootout at the Vosloorus Crossing Shopping Centre.

The officer died on the scene on Wednesday while his colleague was left traumatised.

This was the second incident that left a police officer dead after a Hawks official was stabbed to death on the N2 Highway in Cape Town early on Wednesday morning.

Police said they're looking for at least six armed men.

The police's Mack Mngomezulu said the two officials were caught by surprise when they responded to gunfire from one of the robber's vehicles.

"They were aware that the suspects had two cars. One went around the front and one came from behind and then they shot one of the members, who died on the scene."

Meanwhile, police union Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has condemned the killing, urging management to properly equip members.

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