Five men have been fatally wounded during a shootout with Durban Hawks members on the N2 freeway between Port Shepstone and Shelly Beach earlier this week.
The Police were following up information about a dangerous group of armed robbers who were travelling in a vehicle from the Eastern Cape towards Durban.
The driver of the vehicle ignored warnings to stop; instead the occupants opened fire on the Police resulting in a high speed chase along the highway and a shootout.
Shortly afterwards, the suspects’ vehicle came to a standstill and all the five suspects were declared dead.
The five suspects have been positively linked to two cases murder and robbery in Mpumalanga and Marian Hill (Durban).
One assault rifle (AK47) and two unlicensed 9mm pistols , several cell phones and an undisclosed amount of cash were confiscated.