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Protesters arrested with illegal automatic rifle

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The South African Police have arrested two students who stormed a protest ground with a weapon.

The pair, a 24-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were seen with an automatic rifle before driving away together in a car.

Tactical response team, however, foiled their sweet escape as they swooped on the duo and charged them with illegal weapons related offences.

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson, Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said in a statement that the suspects had been among a group gathered in braamfontein, where student protests last week led to the death of an innocent bystander, Numb, allegedly by several police officers.

“Police have for the past week been on high alert monitoring protests by students of various tertiary institutions in Gauteng Province, particularly in Johannesburg. A Crime Intelligence report about a dangerous weapon was operationalised and led police to a gathering in Braamfontein where students were in attendance,” said Peters.

“It is at this gathering where members observed two students in Stiemens Street carrying an automatic rifle. The officers kept close watch and saw the pair drive off in a vehicle. The car was followed and ultimately stopped by the Johannesburg Flying Squad and the Tactical Response Team in Auckland Park.”

He said that when police searched the vehicle, they found a “Galil” automatic rifle of Israeli-make with a loaded magazine.

 
 
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