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South African soldiers come under gunfire at Zimbabwean border

SOUTH African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers were shot at by three suspects while on patrol near the Zimbabwean border.

SANDF managed to arrest one of the suspects and handed them over to the South African Police Service (SAPS).

The SANDF soldiers were reportedly conducting their routine foot patrol near Boerdery Farm, near the Zimbabwean border, when they spotted three suspicious men standing on top of a lone hill.

A statement issued by the SANDF reads: “Deployed soldiers were busy with their routine foot patrol on Republic of South Africa/Zimbabwe border near Boerdery Farm when they spotted three suspicious looking males wearing black clothes on top of a lone hill.

“Upon approaching the suspects, the suspects fired four shots at the SA National Defence Force members. The soldiers approached the suspects and successfully managed to arrest one suspect with one pistol (Vektor), 3 x rounds and 4 x cellphones in his possession.

“The other two suspects escaped across the border into Zimbabwe. The suspect was handed over to the SA Police Service and a case of possession of unlicensed firearm, possession of live ammunition as well as entering Republic of South Africa without documentation.”

Furthermore, SANDF said Lieutenant Ngwasheng and his platoon confiscated 20 master boxes of Remington Gold valued at R266 940.00.

The illicit cigarettes were also handed over to SA Revenue Service/Customs. ■

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