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Four ATM 'bombers' cornered

By unknown | Aug 27, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

Suspected ATM bombers were dealt a big blow when the police's organised crime unit bust four of them and recovered a huge haul of explosives in a house in Barberton yesterday.

Police say the explosives confiscated can destroy 1000 ATMs.

The arrested men are in their early 20s. They are suspected of dealing in explosives used to bomb ATMs in Mpumalanga and other provinces.

"We raided a house at about midday and recovered a huge number of explosives and igniter cords that could bomb an average of 1000 ATMs," said Mpumalanga police organised crime unit spokesman, Captain Leonard Hlathi, yesterday.

"We also recovered R80000 worth of gold dust, one Tokaref automatic pistol, an Uzzi rifle and 500 sticks of dynamite."

He said the police would investigate the origins of the explosives and how they landed in the hands of the arrested men and that more arrests might follow.

"We are going to fight tooth and nail to end this madness called ATM bombings," said Hlathi.

The arrested men are expected to appear in the Barberton magistrate's court today.

Meanwhile, no arrests have been made in connection with last week's ATM bombing in Matsulu near Nelspruit.

A Standard Bank ATM was bombed at about 2am and more than R200000 recovered by police.


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