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Hijacked fuel tanker driver found bound with cable ties, all the fuel gone

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A Durban fuel tanker driver was found hands and legs bound with cable ties after allegedly being hijacked by three armed men who emptied stole the fuel he had been transporting on Tuesday morning.

According to a local security company, PT Alarms, the incident happened early on Tuesday morning.

“PT Alarms units came to the rescue after a trucker was allegedly hijacked and found assaulted and bound inside his vehicle in the early hours on Tuesday on the old Airport Road in Isipingo, south of Durban,” the company said.

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The security company received information about the fuel tanker driver being in distress from a taxi driver.

A team followed the taxi driver to the location and found a fuel tanker on the side of the road.

“On further inspection and calling for the driver, he responded from inside the truck that he was tied up and had been hijacked.

“The truck driver was bound with cable ties. He alleged he was hijacked at the M7/N2 intersection by three armed suspects in a white BMW.”

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Hijacked fuel tanker driver found bound with cable ties, all the fuel gone
The truck driver was bound with cable ties. He alleged he was hijacked at the M7/N2 intersection by three armed suspects in a white BMW. Photo: PT Alarms

The driver was allegedly assaulted.

“He alleged the hijackers drove the truck to an unknown location, emptied the tanker and left it on the old Airport Road”.

PT Alarms said police were alerted and arrived on the scene.

Cases of fuel tanker hijackings seem to be on the rise presumably because of the high price it’s now fetching. Last week another hijacked fuel tanker was recovered in Pinetown. One of the suspects was shot during a shootout with the police and another one escaped.

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