Man and son killed in explosion

2011-07-19 11:09
Johannesburg - A man and his 3-year-old son were killed in an explosion outside their home in an informal settlement in Atteridgeville, Gauteng police said on Tuesday.

Warrant Officer Wanda Olivier said the family members were sitting around a fire outside their home on Monday evening, when the explosion occurred.

The child and the man were killed instantly and the mother was seriously injured.

"I cannot confirm that it was a bomb, but we believe the informal settlement is on land that was once used by the SA Defence Force," Olivier said.

She said it had been difficult for emergency personnel to reach the scene because there were no roads in the area.

- SAPA
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