Two suspected suppliers of explosives arrested in Roodepoort

Two suspected suppliers of explosives arrested in Roodepoort
Two suspected suppliers of explosives arrested in Roodepoort. Image source: Pixabay

PARKTOWN – Two suspected suppliers of explosives commonly used in the commission of ATM bombings, robberies and illicit mining, are expected to appear this morning, 07 October 2020 before the Roodepoort Magistrate Court on charges of possession of and dealing in explosives; and for being in the country illegally.

This comes after an intelligence-driven operation by National Crime Intelligence and Gauteng Organised Crime Detectives on Monday evening, 05 October 2020 resulted in the arrest of the two Zimbabwean nationals in Roodepoort.

The team operationalised information and proceeded to Roodepoort Park next to Marvericks Sports Club where the suspects were stationed. The team approached the suspects and on searching the suspects’ vehicle, found 39 explosive gels with igniting cables commonly utilised for illegal mining, ATM and CIT bombings.

Police also seized the suspects’ vehicle as an instrument used during the commission of crime.

Gauteng Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela welcomed the arrest, commending the team for their relentless efforts geared at dealing decisively with often violent trio crimes (hijackings, house and business robberies) such as illegal mining, ATM and CIT bombings that continue to instil fear in our communities.

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