ATM bombings: hawks arrest ex-police officer

2011-08-16 00:00

A WEEKEND operation search for the notorious ATM bombers who have terrorised parts of the country including KwaZulu-Natal, has led to the killing of one suspect in Gauteng, while a former police officer has been arrested.

The joint operation was led by the Hawks at the national and provincial levels and members of crime intelligence from Mpumalanga.

The two suspects are allegedly part of a gang that has been operating in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.

During one of the bombings a police reservist was killed in Pimville.

The same gang is alleged to be involved in the killing of a security guard in Mondlo, Vryheid, and the shooting of a police officer in Ulundi.

The security guard was shot execution style when gunmen attacked an ATM installed at the Mondlo municipal building early last month.

During the operation a gun and a car allegedly used during the crimes were recovered.

Hawks spokesperson Colonel McIntosh Polela said the operation continued in Hlabisa, KwaZulu-Natal, yesterday morning.

“Two AK 47s, an Uzi and another car were recovered there. Our members also recovered explosive gels, detonators and battery packs that were used during the crime spree,” said Polela.

“The joint team is congratulated for frustrating the operations of what appears to be one of the most ruthless gangs in ATM bombings,” said Polela, adding that the team is searching for more suspects. — .

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