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‘Men who attacked Table Mountain hikers pretended to be part of group’

Wilderness Search and Rescue says two assailants in the Table Mountain knife attacks, pretended to be hikers, when they joined a hiking group.

Table Mountain in Cape Town. Picture: Wilderness Search and Rescue Western Cape Facebook page

CAPE TOWN - Police are searching for two suspects in connection with the hiker stabbing incident in Cape Town.

Wilderness Search and Rescue says two assailants in the Table Mountain knife attacks, pretended to be hikers when they joined a hiking group.

A Wilderness Search and Rescue volunteer was seriously injured during the ambush in the Silvermine Nature Reserve yesterday.

It’s believed the group of nine split into two in an attempt to flee the attackers.

The organisation's spokesperson, Johann Marais, says five victims were airlifted from the mountain and taken to medical facilities.

“These men suddenly turned on the group and assaulted them to rob them of their valuables.”

The police's Noloyiso Rwexana said: “The circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation. No one has been arrested at this stage. We appeal to the public not to approach the suspects as they are armed and dangerous.”

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