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Police search for Eastern Cape cop killers

Constable Joshua Gungqa was gunned down when tried to foil a supermarket robbery in Cala.

FILE: The police apprehended two wounded suspects after a shoot out with police in Benoni on 16 May 2016. Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN - Eastern Cape police are searching for five men in connection with the murder of an officer.

Constable Joshua Gungqa was gunned down when tried to foil a supermarket robbery in Cala, near Queenstown on Friday night.

The 44-year-old officer's service firearm was also stolen. One of the gunmen was killed during the shooting.

The police's Sibongile Soci said others are still on the run.

"Undisclosed amount of cash was taken and the suspects are still at large. We appeal to anyone who can share any information with the police which can lead to the arrest and conviction of the suspects to contact police on 08600 10111."

Soci added that provincial police management will provide support to the officer's family.

"South African Police Service in the Eastern Cape expressed their deepest condolences to the family and former colleague Joshua Gungqa who was fatally wounded on Friday night."