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CT cops make Metrorail arson attack probe a top priority

Acting police chief Khomotso Phahlane yesterday led a blitz operation at the CT train station & City Centre.

FILE. Rail commuters wait on a platform at Mutual Station in Cape Town. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says police are treating the investigation into recent attacks on Metrorail trains as a priority.

Phahlane addressed officers ahead of an operation yesterday at the station deck in the City Centre.

WATCH: Police blitz Cape Town CBD

He described the recent torching of trains as a threat to the city's economy and has committed to increasing police visibility along major railway lines.

Phahlane says the violence has to be stopped before it gets completely out of hand.

"The people who torched the trains are members of the community so someone knows who they are. I think it is fair for communities to play their part and come to the party in this regard and share information so we can soon make a breakthrough."

WATCH: Commuters face frenzied scrambles on crippled Metrorail lines