ATM bombing: police seek armed gang

2014-12-06 00:00

POLICE are hunting for a gang of heavily armed men responsible for an ATM bombing in Newcastle in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Three men armed with automatic rifles blew up two Absa ATMs  near a shopping ­centre in the central KZN town.

Detectives and forensic experts spent the morning combing through piles of debris thrown into the parking lot by two explosions.

It is understood that the men had used industrial grade explosives on the exterior of the ATM, with the blast obliterating the façade.

Responding to the explosions, police came upon the men who fled in a car.

A brief chase ensued, with the suspects evading officers and escaping into the night.

A security guard, who was later treated by paramedics, had been overpowered by the three and was made to lie on the ground while they set their charges.

The gang escaped with an unknown amount of money, with the force of the blast even dislodging a vault door at the rear of the machines.

• The bombing follows a similar incident in August, in which an ATM in Utrecht was blown up by a group of men.

In that incident, shots were fired by the gang before they fled with cash.

• jeff.wicks@witness.co.za

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