Robbers blast Soweto ATM
BUM DEAL: The fleeing robbers opened fire, wounding a passerby in his buttocks
A man was wounded when AK-47 assault rifle-wielding robbers blasted open an ATM then opened fire at a shopping centre in Soweto on Tuesday night, said police.
Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said five robbers arrived at Makhetheng shopping centre, in Naledi, in Volkswagen Polo Vivo at 8pm. The shops had already closed.
“The five men plugged explosives into an [Absa] ATM and it later exploded,” he said.
“Police heard the blast and they went about looking for where it had happened.”
When the robbers heard that the police were on their way, they opened fire, wounding a man passing by in his buttocks. They fled with an undisclosed amount of money.
Police found 30 spent AK-47 cartridges at the scene.
Makhubela said a witness had told the police that three of the robbers were carrying assault rifles and the other two had handguns.
He said it had been a long time since there had been an ATM bombing in the area.
ELSEWHERE IN SOWETO:
The body of a man with multiple wounds was found next to Jabulani hostel in Soweto.
Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said police were called to the scene at about 8pm.
“We found that the man, in his 30s, had multiple wounds. It looked like he was beaten using a sharp objects,” he said.
Makhubela said preliminary investigations showed that the man had been killed elsewhere and then dumped next to the hostel.
“Last month we found a body of a man who was also killed elsewhere and then dumped at Jabulani hostel.
“We can’t say the two incidents are linked but we are extremely concerned that people are dumping bodies next to the hostel,” he said.
Makhubela said no arrests had been made for either incidents and a murder case had been opened for the most recent body.