Bomb kills two in Bedfordview

By Drum Digital
13 November 2013

Two people died after a bomb explosion outside a shopnear the Eastgate shopping centre, in Bedfordview.

Ekurhuleni emergency services spokesperson William Ntladi said that two people were killed, three were critically injured and two others suffered minor injuries.

The injured were taken to Bedford Gardens Hospital.

Police are looking for businessman Radovan Krejcir who owns the Money Point shop.

"The scene is still on lock down. Our forensic experts and the bomb squad are still combing the scene," police spokesperson Neville Malila told reporters.

Malila said police did not know whether there were still explosives inside the Money Point shop.

Malila said that while the information police had was limited, it was believed a person walked into the shop with a bag, with the bomb inside it.

"Shortly afterwards there was an explosion."

He did not know how many people were inside the shop at the time of the explosion and police would go to the hospital to interview the injured.

A Sapa reporter on the scene said bystanders were unwilling to speak to reporters as they feared "mafia tactics".

The explosion took place on the corner of Bradford and Nicol roads, with the intersection closed off to traffic and cordoned off by police.

Eyewitness News reported that the two men killed were close associates of Krejcir, who is currently fighting his extradition to the Czech Republic where he is facing a prison sentence.

In July, Krejcir was the target of an apparent bid to kill him outside his Bedfordview office.

"It is alleged that he [Krejcir] arrived at the premises and parked his vehicle," police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini said at the time.

"As he was leaving the parking spot, an explosive device was detonated from the back of a vehicle, a VW Polo, parked opposite his vehicle."

Krejcir escaped unharmed.

That blast, in the parking lot of the Money Point gold and diamond exchange's head office, where Tuesday's blast also took place in Bedfordview, left several holes in Krejcir's car.

-          SAPA

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