Gunmen shot a police officer trying to enter a police building.
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Gauteng police are looking for heavily armed men who tried to enter a police building in Pretoria on Sunday night and shot a police officer.
It is believed that there are 12 militants.
National Police spokesman Brigadier General Atlinda Mathi did not disclose what was being kept in the building but said the attackers had handcuffed the security guards and tried to gain access to the building.
However, police officers working in the building stopped the men, leading to a shootout in which a police officer was injured.
“The 12 suspects are believed to be using a white Ford Ranger pickup. The motive for the attack on the police building is being investigated. Nothing was taken from the building,” Mathi said.
It was alleged that the suspects were all wearing police uniforms and carrying AK47 rifles when they attacked the building and attempted to break into its armory.
However, Mathi said this was not true. She said the suspects never entered the building because the police stopped them.
“The investigation is ongoing, please give the investigators space to do their work,” she said.
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