Two men arrested after Cape Town botched ATM bombing

African News Agency (ANA)

Two men found with detonator cords were arrested on Thursday, after a botched ATM bombing in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) said.

“It is alleged that early [on] Thursday morning about eight suspects stormed into a local shopping complex, they then headed for the ATM and before they could place what appeared to be explosives, the local security intervened and shots were fired in their direction,” spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha said.

“The suspects then placed explosives on the ATM and it detonated, the safe wasn’t breached and they fled the scene empty handed using an unknown getaway vehicle.”

Ramovha said police doing routine patrols in Lentegeur, along Samantha Street, stopped and searched two men who were on foot. Police recovered detonator cords that were found in their possession.

The men, aged 24 and 38, are expected to appear in Mitchells Plain Magistrate’s Court soon, charged under the Explosives Act, Ramovha said.

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