Six South African Police Service anti-gang unit members have been shot in the Samora Machel informal settlement in Nyanga, Cape Town.
The incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Police were conducting an operation in the community when they came under attack. Police said anti-gang unit members had arrested one suspect allegedly linked to recent murders in the area.
Spokesperson brigadier Novella Potelwa said as they were searching for another suspect, the officers came under attack.
All members have been admitted to hospital. Police said the area, a known hide-out for criminals, was difficult to access and is poorly lit.
Meanwhile, police were still hunting for the gunmen involved in two separate shooting incidents in Blackheath on Tuesday.