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KZN cops: Increase in criminals targeting police stations

Authorities say this new trend is concerning as it’s not the first time a similar incident has occurred in the area.

FILE: Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - KwaZulu-Natal police say there is an increased tendency by criminals to target police stations because they believe they are soft targets.

On Friday night, a gang of armed men entered the Elandslaagte police station demanding the keys to the safe.

A police officer was shot in the leg during the ambush and later taken to the hospital.

Authorities say this new trend is concerning as it’s not the first time a similar incident has occurred in the area.

The police's Thembeka Mbele said, “These criminals are taking chances because it was at night and officers are patrolling or attending to complaints.”