- Police are searching for the suspects in an Mpumalanga cash-in-transit heist.
- The heist took place between Mbombela and Barberton on Thursday.
- The suspects may have been injured in the shootout, according to police.
A manhunt has been launched for suspects linked to an attempted cash-in-transit heist in Mpumalanga.
On Thursday morning, at around 06:30, armed robbers attempted to stop an armoured van travelling on the R40 between Mbombela and Barberton.
"It is alleged that the armoured van was travelling from Nelspruit to Elukwatini, escorted by the company escort bakkie which was driving in front of the cash van," Hawks spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi said.
The driver of the escort bakkie said he "was surprised by the hail of bullets hitting the van from behind", after suspects in a Mercedes-Benz opened fire on them. The security guards returned fire, she said.
During the shootout the armoured van was targeted at as well.
A manhunt has been launched for suspects linked to an attempted cash in transit heist in Mpumalanga.Supplied Hawks
"It is suspected that during the crossfire some of the suspects might have been injured. The police are for asking the assistance of the public and the medical facilities to provide information of any suspicious persons with gunshots wounds. by contacting the investigating officer Lieutenant Colonel Erhard Stroh on 0823008315," said Sekgotodi.
The driver and the crew of the escort van were slightly injured and were later taken for medical treatment.
"During the incident three vehicles were robbed from the crime scene and they were later found abandoned at a different places," said Sekgotodi.
At the scene, police found two hijacked vehicles, one of which was a Mercedes-Benz hijacked in Gauteng.
No money was taken during the attempt.