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Second hijacker shot by target

2013-08-22 08:53

HIJACK BID FOILED: Another man has been shot when he and three others attempted to hijack a driver in Johannesburg on Wednesday (Aug 21), the second 'fight back' incident this week. Staged image: Arrive Alive

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - A man was shot and wounded on Tuesday (Aug 20) by the driver of a car he tried to hijack near Wemmer Pan in central Johannesburg - the second such "fight back" road incident this week.

Four men tried to hijack the car on Mooi Street, a police spokesman said. "The car was at the on-ramp to the N17 when his vehicle was blocked by another car. As the driver tried to U-turn the hijackers shot at his vehicle. The driver got out of his vehicle and returned fire, shooting one of them in a foot."


Police arrested the shot man and another man. They will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court charged with attempted murder and possession of unlicensed firearms.

The previous incident involved a member of a four-strong hijack gang. He was shot dead by his target in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal on Monday (Aug 19). A police spokesman said four men tried to hijack the car in Alberts Road and shot the driver and his wife. The driver, a man believed to be in his 50's who was wounded in his stomach, used his own gun to kill one of the four.

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