Prison Break: 31 Prisoners Escape As Heavily Armed Gunmen Hijack Prison Truck

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KZN police confirmed 31 prisoners are on the run after a prison truck transporting them to court was hijacked by heavily armed gunmen in Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa on Wednesday morning, April 28. According to police spokesperson, Brigadier Jay Naicker, at around 8am on Wednesday morning, two police officers were transporting prisoners from the PMB New Prison to the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate's Court when they were blocked off by a double cab bakkie with 5 “heavily armed” gunmen. The RTC South Africa Community Group shared this replace 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.” Witness  confirmed the situation of the hijacking through his Twitter account “This morning at 8:00, two police officers were conveying prisoners from the PMB New Prison to the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court were blocked off by a double cab bakkie – with five heavily armed gunmen.” “The suspects pointed firearms at the police officers and forced open the rear of the truck. A total of 31 awaiting trial prisoners escaped out of the 45 that were in the truck. A manhunt is underway for the escapees and you will be kept updated on the progress. Including the hijackers, 36 criminals are now [on the loose].”

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