2 suspects killed in M1 North shooting

It's understood that 10 gunmen carried out a robbery on the highway, which led to the shootout.

A group of 10 gunmen carried out a robbery on the M1 North highway near Woodmead on 21 April 2021, which led to a shootout with police. Picture: Boikhutso Ntsoko/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - Two suspects have been killed and two others severely wounded following a shootout at the M1 North near the Woodmead exit.

The northbound lanes have been closed to traffic after an armed robbery on Wednesday.

It's understood that 10 gunmen carried out a robbery on the highway, which led to the shootout. It's understood the suspects fired shots at a white Toyota Fortuner, forcing it to stop.

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The group opened fire on a vehicle, forcing it to stop just before the Woodmead exit on the M1 North freeway.

It's understood police received a tip-off of the planned robbery and confronted the criminals and a shootout ensued.

Several shots were fired leading to two suspects being killed, two wounded and two arrested, while four others managed to escape.

Bullet cases are seen scattered across both northbound lanes on the highway while three cars involved in the robbery are riddled with bullet holes.

Police intercepted the suspects as Captain Mavela Masondo explains: “The suspects started shooting at the police and during that shootout, two suspects were fatally wounded. So for now, we have four suspects that we arrested [the two that were wounded and the two that were unharmed].”

Police are searching the area. Meanwhile, authorities are urging motorists to use alternative routes.

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