QUICK response by the police led to the arrest of six men who were allegedly on their way to bombing an ATM in the sleepy KwaZulu-Natal town of Umzimkhulu.
It is alleged that the men, aged between 20 and 30, were arrested a few hours before bombing the ATM at a local supermarket.
Police allegedly responded to a tip-off from the community that an ATM was to be bombed at midnight on Tuesday. They stopped the men, who were allegedly driving around at Sisulu village.
The men were found in possession of explosives, stockings and several firearms, two of which had their serial numbers filed off. Police also found a crowbar, a laptop, gloves and four cellphones.
Police allege that one of the firearms had been stolen from a home in Bayview, Cape Town.
Spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the men had subsequently been linked to a series of ATM bombings at KwaZulu-Natal's Amanzimtoti and Umlazi.
"A docket has been handed over to the Port Shepstone organised crime unit.
The unit will profile the suspects and check whether they are linked to other ATM bombings and any other crimes.
Mdunge said the seized firearms were yet to be sent for ballistic testing while police investigations continue.
The suspects are expected to appear in court soon.