Mercury Editor David Canning is recovering well after having surgery on Wednesday to remove a bullet which lodged in his thigh during an attempted hijacking on Tuesday night, writes Matthew Savides in The Mercury.

He has undergone surgery at Durban's St Augustine's hospital and relatives say he is "fine and talking" after the procedure.

The attempted hijacking is one of six similar incidents in the same area on Tuesday night.

'I just saw two figures suddenly jump out of the dark'
Canning had arrived at his Kloof home, west of Durban, about 9.30pm when two men approached his car.

Speaking from his hospital bed on Wednesday, he says his attackers may
have been unnerved because he had not got out of the car. It is
possible the attackers thought he had seen them and had decided to act.

"I just saw two figures suddenly jump out of the dark. I thought I'd try and get away."

However, the car stalled and Canning placed it in neutral to allow it to roll away from his attackers.

One of the men grabbed the door and shouted at him. Then the man fired
a shot and ran away. The bullet tore through Canning's right forearm
and struck his thigh.

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