Cape Town – Nine men were apprehended after allegedly storming a mosque in Nkandla and holding congregants at gunpoint.
The suspects, armed with firearms, reportedly robbed individuals of money, cellphones, and other valuables.
“Police at Nkandla were notified and immediately mobilised all available police officers and other law enforcement agencies. With the assistance of the community, police were able to locate a sedan and mini-bus taxi that was used to flee the scene,” police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said.
#sapsKZN Nine men aged between 24 and 33-years-old were arrested yesterday 23/6/23 after they robbed worshippers gathered at a Mosque in Nkandla. Police officers seized three pistols as well as some of the stolen cellphones and cash. #TrioCrimes TMhttps://t.co/2NBkVgwWbI pic.twitter.com/UGUPe9UldS
— SA Police Service 🇿🇦 (@SAPoliceService) June 24, 2023
He added: “Both vehicles were intercepted in different locations and nine men aged between 24 and 33-years-old were arrested. Police officers seized three pistols as well as some of the stolen cellphones and cash.”
Investigations are ongoing, and additional arrests are expected in the future, he said.
PHOTOS: This group of heavily armed men allegedly drove a convoy and stormed a mosque in Nkandla on Friday and robbed worshippers of their cash and cellphones. But their success was short-lived as the police chased, cornered and arrested them. @IOL pic.twitter.com/WRRq9P4Wrl
— Sihle Mavuso (@ZANewsFlash) June 24, 2023
Compiled by Betha Madhomu