Brave mum holds onto her toddler as she tries to fend off three gunmen armed with ASSAULT RIFLES

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CCTV footage captured a terrifying moment a brave mother holds onto her toddler while trying to fend off armed gunmen with assault rifles trying to break into her property.

The CCTV footage, was captured in Pinetown, South Africa, the unnamed woman frantically tries to secure the gates outside her home as the gang break through.

The three gunmen arrived at the mother’s home on February 2 at 10.40pm as she was saying goodbye to guests.

Security expert Andreas Mathios said: ‘The residents were busy saying goodbye to their friends, whose vehicles were still parked in the driveway, with the main driveway gate open because they were about to leave.

‘The gunmen spotted the opportunity and stopped outside the property. As they approached the victims, one of the women standing in the driveway screamed when she saw a suspect armed with a firearm.’

Video footage shows the woman manually closing the gate on the gunmen as one of the departing vehicles rushes back inside the property and reportedly crashes into a garage door.

A man in red shorts then attempts to help the mother close the gates but later drops to the floor after shots are fired.

One of the gunmen rushes through the gate as the mother crouches down on the floor and cradles her toddler in her arms.

The armed robber fires shots into the air before leaving the scene.

After several moments, the man in red shorts then returns to secure the gate.

According to Mr Mathios, one of the victims threw the group’s mobile phones into a bush to prevent the robbers from taking them.

However, one suspect managed to retrieve a phone from the bush before running off with it.

No one was injured during the violent incident and the police have yet to confirm whether they are investigating the matter.

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