Seven suspects were arrested and found in possession of four illegal firearms that are believed to be involved in a number of serious and violent crimes including murder and robberies, police said on Monday.
Gauteng South African Police Services spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said the arrests and seizure of the firearms could solve serious and violent crimes committed in the area since beginning of the year.
He said the suspects were arrested last Friday night following a crime intelligence lead operation about an imminent business robbery.
“The suspects who were driving a Nissan sedan, were stopped and searched. Three unlicensed pistols were found in their possession,” Dlamini said.
During further investigations Sunday morning, police went to a house in Diepsloot, where an unlicensed firearm believed to have been robbed from a police officer was seized. Three suspects were arrested.
“These seven suspects are believed to be gang that are responsible for serious and violent crimes in the area and mostly targeting businesses. They are still being profiled as they might also have been involved in several murder cases in Diepsloot,” Dlamini said.
Four of these suspects aged between 21 and 29 were due to appear at the Randburg Magistrate Court on Monday. The other three were still being questioned and will appear in court Tuesday.
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