ATM bomb gang hits Greytown

2013-01-07 00:00

A SECURITY guard had a lucky escape when a gang of ATM bombers fired eight rounds from an automatic rifle at his car — and all of them missed him.

The employee, of Field Security, was responding to an alarm that went off after two FNB cash machines were bombed in Pine Street, Greytown, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

On his way there and about 200 metres from the scene, gunmen in a maroon bakkie opened fire on him with an AK47.

Security company owner Sudesh Maharaj said six occupants were in the bakkie.

Maharaj said his officer, who was alone in the car and whose name he wants protected, was extremely fortunate to escape harm: “He didn’t have a chance to shoot back. He used the passenger’s seat to duck the bullets. Luckily he was able to protect himself.”

After the shooting the maroon bakkie sped off.

Maharaj told The Witness he was then called to the scene and arrived with a back-up team. The police also arrived.

His security guard was able to point them in the direction which the bombers took.

“My second team came across an AK47. They also found eight cartridges.”

Maharaj said the AK47 was found two kilometres from the scene.

He said he contacted the Pietermaritzburg Dog Unit and gave them the information.

“I received a call from the dog unit telling me that they had found the bakkie left abandoned.

The bakkie was found about 20 km from Greytown travelling on the Muden road.” he said.

There was blood in the vehicle, he added.

Maharaj described the bombing as a “terrible explosion that shook the town”.

He said major damage was caused to the two machines.

The window of the salon next door was also shattered.

Police are investigating. “An undisclosed amount of cash was allegedly stolen,” said spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker.

No arrests have been made at this stage, and neither FNB nor the South African Banking Risk Information Centre could be reached for comment.

Two months ago, a Pietermaritzburg K9 unit member, Constable Vidhur Jadoo, died after he and his partner, Warrant Officer Livingston Mpangase, were ambushed and shot by suspected ATM bombers in the Howick area.

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