Police have launched a manhunt for suspects following an incident in which an officer was wounded after he and his colleague came under fire from three heavily-armed attackers near Burgersfort in Limpopo.

The wounded police officer is in a stable condition at hospital.

Police spokesperson Motlafela Mojapelo says the officers signalled a car to stop when its occupants alighted and started shooting at them.

The three unknown suspects were travelling in a silver sedan at Masha village near Ngwaabe in Burgersfort.

The suspects are armed with rifles and anyone with information is requested to contact the nearest police station.