At least 31 inmates has escape from police custody on Wednesday after a prison truck transporting them to court was hijacked by heavily armed gunmen in Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa on Wednesday morning, April 28.
“The suspects pointed firearms at the police officers and forced open the rear of the truck. 31 awaiting trial inmates escaped out of the 45 that were in the truck. A manhunt is under way for the escapees,” Naicker stated.
It has been reported that a group of suspects, targeting a police van for just ONE prisoner, ended up releasing dozens of felons when they attempted to hijack the vehicle. The men were in transit to Pietermaritzburg Court, before a hail of bullets stopped police officers from completing the journey.
The RTC South Africa Community Group shared this update earlier on Wednesday.
“Police van with prisoners hijacked by five suspects with AK47 rifles. Policemen taken hostage with prisoners. Shots were fired. Scene still active. This occurred a short while ago on Devonshire Road between Pietermaritzburg Court and New Prison. KZN Prisoners were en-route to court.”
Some sources have said the vehicle was ‘hijacked’, and although the crooks managed to gain control of the vehicle and its occupants, it’s understood they didn’t drive away in the van, after it was badly damaged by gunshots.