National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele on Friday praised the work of KwaZulu-Natal police for shooting dead three armed robbers.

“The fatal shooting of the men is a vivid signal that the days of criminals carrying out their evil deeds with impunity are over,” said Cele.

Early on Friday the police received information that four men were en route to commit a crime.

Cele said that when a vehicle fitting the description of the suspects’ car had been spotted, an order to stop had been issued.

He said the occupants had emerged from the car and fired at the police, who had returned fire.

Three gunmen were killed and a fourth ran into a plantation.

“On this incident, police have with precision fought the thugs toe to toe. We silenced them and emerged the victors,” he said.

Cele said two of the dead men had been positively linked to the murders of six people in KwaMashu on Christmas day.

The third suspect, who was fatally wounded, was linked to carjacking and armed robbery in Stanger and Mandini.

Source: WWW.IOL.CO.ZA, 20100122

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