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Bombings 'kingpin' nabbed

By unknown | Sep 06, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

The police task team investigating ATM bombings in KwaZulu-Natal have arrested another man suspected of being the kingpin behind the series of blasts.

The 30-year-old suspect is said to have been arrested in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday while on his way from Gauteng to Durban.

Police spokesman Director Phindile Hadebe said the suspect is linked to six ATM bombings which took place recently in the province.

"The Durban Crime Unit and the Crime Prevention Unit, working in a joint operation, are following leads in ATM bombings," Hadebe said.

"Bombings have hit KwaZulu-Natal area's such as Umlazi, Greenwood Park, Inanda, Pinetown, Emanguzi and Jozini."

Hadebe said the suspect would face charges under the Explosives Act, the theft of cash and malicious damage to property.

"Our investigations are continuing and we are expecting to make more arrests soon," she said.

The suspect will appear in the Durban magistrates' court tomorrow.

Authorities say more than 300 ATMs have been blown up in the country in the past six months.

It is estimated that more than R60million was stolen during the period.


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