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Police investigate failed cigarette heist

A cigarette vehicle was making a delivery at the BP garage when a gang of armed robbers attempted a heist.

It's believed the man was killed after a failed attempted robbery at a petrol filling station just outside the Cape Town International Airport. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding an attempted cigarette van heist at a filling station near Cape Town International Airport.

During a shootout with security guards on Wednesday, one robber was killed, another wounded and a third is still on the run.

A cigarette vehicle was making a delivery at the BP garage when a gang of armed robbers attempted a heist.

Eyewitness Gary Freeman said he heard loud bangs but didn't think they were gunshots.

"How quick it all happened, it's not like watching it on TV and seeing replays and whatever, it was all over in literally a few seconds."

He said the suspects' getaway car hit his as they tried to flee.

"As I got out the car one of the perpetrators was sprinting around the side away from the scene. There were three in total and one had been shot dead."

The incident comes few weeks after National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega asserted her office has prioritised cigarettes delivery vehicle robberies.

Phiyega highlighted the successes of operations to curb the heists but admitted it remains a challenge.