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Family shot at in attempted hijacking after leaving Kruger Park

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Mpumalanga police have launched a manhunt for the perpetrators who shot at a woman and her two children in an attempted hijacking near the <a class=Kruger National Park."/>Police in Mpumalanga are on the lookout for the culprits of an attempted hijacking who opened fire on two children and their mother near Kruger National Park on Monday, prompting an investigation. One of the youngsters sustained a wound.

Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, a police spokeswoman, says the family left the game reserve and the mother, who is 40 years old, drove as near as she could to a taxi station in Mganduzweni Trust, White River.

"[The] mom and her two children were travelling in their white Hyundai car when they were accosted by two armed guys who opened fire on them. The suspects opened fire on them, striking a little child in the leg. In the following minutes, the lady is alleged to have driven away and stopped [somewhere] where she received help from a member of the public "Mohlala was also there.

The girl was rushed to the hospital for treatment, and the authorities were notified of the incident.

The police were unable to offer information about the children's ages.Zulu King calls for peace between his people and Indians amid violence and  looting in South Africa- The New Indian Express

According to a statement released by the South African National Parks (SANParks), the family was travelling along the R538 near the park's Numbi Gate when they were killed.

In a statement, acting South African National Parks CEO Dumisani Dlamini said: "This tragic tragedy affects a family that generated much-needed tourist money to the Mpumalanga region."

His advice to travellers travelling through crime areas outside of the national park was to be especially careful since the possibility of opportunistic crime was greater there.

"Via regular patrols and visible police, we have coordinated with our colleagues in the provincial security cluster to safeguard all roads going to the Kruger [National Park] through regular patrols and visible policing. In response to the incident, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has initiated a search for the culprits. We encourage responsible people of the community to take an active role in safeguarding tourists who are visiting the province since tourism is critical to the development of rural economies "Dlamini shared his thoughts.

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