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Cops hunt ATM bombers after shoot-out

2012-05-31 18:49

Johannesburg - A manhunt is underway after five men bombed an automated teller machine (ATM) in Brits early on Thursday morning, North West police said.

At about 02:00 residents alerted police to a gang trying to blow up an ATM at the Assen Green Store, Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said.

"The police team swiftly reacted to the information and pursued them. During the chase the suspects started shooting... and that resulted [in a shootout] between the police and the suspects."

No one was injured. The suspects abandoned their car and disappeared on foot into bushes in the Madinyana area, near Jerico.

Investigations revealed that the car was hijacked in Midrand last year. A pistol, an R5 rifle, an AK-47 rifle, ammunition, and an undisclosed amount of cash were recovered from the vehicle.

"The search for the five suspects still continues and the police are urging community members... not to try and arrest the suspects by themselves," Ngubane said.

The dog unit, the national intervention team, the suspect tracing unit and two police helicopters participated in the search.

Comments
  • Comfido Nziyane - 2012-05-31 19:06

    well done cops, u've saved da cash inside da atm. people lyk u deserve real promotion than those who sit nd do nothing than 2corrupt in higher position.

  • Bavumile Vum-Vum Mkhize - 2012-05-31 19:13

    These r cops we want is SA, the ones who responds to public call. It will encourage other people to alert them on crimes they witness. Well done although u dd not gt them!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-31 20:13

    Fannie april is long gone.

  • Japana101 - 2012-05-31 20:47

    Well done.! It boggles my mind why so many guns are still allowed to roam out there.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-06-01 07:01

    Keep on taxing us keep on tolling us keep on ripping us on fuel. And your criminals shall rise to eat you alive slowly. Mark my words

  • Chris - 2012-06-02 07:23

    Eish, if the "The dog unit, the national intervention team, the suspect tracing unit and two police helicopters participated in the search." collectively could not catch these guys who is going to blame me when I say "collusion????"

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