Death toll in E Cape police shooting rises to 6

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The death toll in the shooting of police officers at a police station in Ngcobo has risen to six. Six people were killed after a police station in the small town of Ngcobo in the Eastern Cape was attacked by unknown gunmen in the early hours of this Wednesday morning.

Provincial police commissioner, Liziwe Ntshinga said gunmen stormed into the charge office, wearing balaclavas and shot at officers, taking all the firearms at the station and disarming the deceased officers.

Ntshinga says the gunmen disarmed the female officers and locked them in a room and five others were injured and taken to hospital.

A sixth person, a retired soldier who lives close to the police station, was hit and killed by a stray bullet while outside his home.

Meanwhile, there has been a total shutdown at the small town as the road leading to the police station has been cordoned off.

The bodies of the officers are still on the scene.

Ntshinga has despatched officers from the National Intervention Unit, Tactical Response Team, Visible Policing and K-9 units, among others, to the scene.

The unknown gunmen subsequently bombed an ATM.