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Wednesday, 03 April 2024 10:49

Nine suspected criminals killed in shootout with police in Mariannhill.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Nine suspected criminals have been killed during a shootout with police in Marrianhill, Kwazulu-Natal on Wednesday morning.

Fullview understands this incident happened in the Desai township, west of Durban.

Police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda says, officers acted on intelligence and cornered the suspects before the shootout happened.

"Although the police were ambushed when they erroneously knocked at the wrong house, the tactically astute officers managed to retaliate and neutralise the threat with none of them suffering any injuries."

"The suspects were also sought in connection with a case of rape where they allegedly gang-raped a girl and made her mother watch the ordeal during a house robbery. They were also on the police's radar for serious and violent crimes in the area. When police caught up with them, intelligence had uncovered that the suspects were plotting to execute a hit on someone," Netshiunda said.

Netshiunda added that police have launched a manhunt for two more suspects who managed to escape.

"Three firearms have so far been found in possession of the suspects and a search is still ongoing," Netshiunda said.

Two mortuary vans arrived and were ushered to the homestead by detectives.

Members of the SAP Forensic Unit were then seen carrying the bodies of the suspects, which were wrapped in body bags,  out of the one-bedroom homestead before they were loaded onto the vehicles.

Outside the cordoned-off area, residents who say their family members lived in the home gathered.

They were taken to the van, and an identification process unfolded.  

Emotional scenes played out. 

A woman who resides in the area broke down as she positively identified her nephew and son. 

An elderly man looked shocked after identifying his son among the deceased. The forensic pathologists have now left the scene with the bodies.