South Africa National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole says a team of top detectives are investigating the murders of five police officers and an off-duty soldier in the town of Nqcobo. Nqcobo is located about 800 km (480 miles) southeast of Johannesburg.
Investigators say the murders were committed as part of a robbery.
They say early Wednesday morning gunmen entered a police station in the small town and without warning, randomly opened fire on the members on duty, stole a cache of weapons then escaped in a police van after the assault. According to South African media reports, the gunmen abducted two officers and shot the off-duty soldier as they fled the scene. The bodies of the two officers were later found on a roadside.
Police Commissioner Sitole says the team investigating the case is comprised of experienced detectives of the South African Police Service and the Directorate for Priority Crime and will be supported by specialised, medium to high risk teams, with the added support of the Air Wing.
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula also condemned the attack, saying that the suspects must “regret the day they sat and planned to attack the state.”