In the aftermath of a daring crime that stunned a local community, a determined search is underway for the ATM bombers responsible for a recent explosion outside a supermarket on Gideon Nkomo Drive, Etwatwa.
The incident occurred on August 18 when the assailants targeted the ATM, employing explosives to breach its security. The explosive detonation caused significant damage to the machine and its surroundings, leaving behind a scene of destruction.
Captain Neldah Sekgobela, the district communications officer for the South African Police Service (SAPS), revealed that officers spotted two armed individuals fleeing into a nearby veld after the explosion. As police officers closed in on the crime scene, the suspects reportedly opened fire on them. The officers returned fire.
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Officers recovered two pistol cartridges from the scene after the shooting. The criminals made off with an undisclosed amount of money from the targeted ATM, further compounding the crime’s impact.
Law enforcement officials have since taken swift action, opening a case related to the ATM bombing and the attempted murder of police officers involved in the apprehension effort. The incident has ignited concerns about the escalating audacity and violence criminals employ in such operations.
Authorities are intensifying their efforts to bring those responsible to justice. They have called upon the public’s cooperation. Those who possess any information regarding the incident, the suspects, or their whereabouts should come forward and share their knowledge. One avenue to provide crucial information is through Crime Stop, reachable at 08600 10111.
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