Suspected Jhb BRT bomber shot

2010-09-02 19:10

Johannesburg - A man who allegedly petrol-bombed a Johannesburg BRT (Rea Vaya) bus was shot and wounded by police on Thursday, the city said.

"When police confronted him, he attempted to run for it," spokesperson Gabu Tugwana said.

"There was an exchange of gunfire and he was injured."

The man was arrested and is presently under police guard at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto.

He was allegedly linked to the petrol bombing of a Bus Rapid Transit system bus in March.

City Mayor Amos Masondo congratulated police for their swift action.

"The latest move by the law enforcement agencies confirms (our) commitment on efforts being made to ensure safe journeys on the city's public transport system," he said in a statement.

The new buses began operating about a year ago.