Two of the alleged robbers were killed.

Police in Mpumalanga have launched an investigation and a burglary case after two men were shot dead during an alleged burglary on Wednesday.

The men are believed to have broken an office window to enter the house in Sundri before 01:00, police spokesman Brigadier General Selvi Mohlala said.

That set off the alarm, prompting the homeowner to investigate.

Mohlala said the owner, who had a licensed firearm, saw two armed men in the kitchen. He claimed they tried to stab him, to which he fired back at them.

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Mohlala said the men were witnessed dead by paramedics who were called to the scene.

“Currently, the police are investigating the circumstances of the shooting, an investigation has been opened. Two knives found at the scene of the crime are also being investigated. Another charge of theft has been registered and is being investigated. The two men are still unknown at this stage,” Mohlala said.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Semakaleng Daphne Manamela said authorities would investigate “without fear or favour” to establish the facts of the incident.

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