Gauteng South African Police Service (SAPS) have arrested three males, seized two unlicensed firearms, ammunition and a BMW 3-series

It is believed that the armed suspects had been planning to carry out a Robbery at the Mall of Africa in Midrand.

Gauteng Police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters says they received information of a planned robbery where unsuspecting victims would be followed from a bank at the mall.

Peters says police spotted the vehicle driving out of Mall of Africa and gave chase.

“A shootout ensued between the suspects and the police, the suspects’ vehicle ultimately crashed into a wall in Rabie Ridge where police cornered and arrested three suspects.”

Preliminary investigations have linked the suspects and the vehicle to 2 armed robberies in the East of Johannesburg. In Alberton and Boksburg. Further investigations are being conducted to establish the status of the suspects and if they’re any possible links to their firearms to other violent crimes.

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