About 30 explosives found in Pretoria

2014-10-23 12:49
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Johannesburg - About 30 explosive devices were discovered near a shallow dam in Bultfontein, north of Pretoria, Gauteng police said on Thursday.

"We are currently investigating the origins of the bombs," spokesperson Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng said.

The weapons, found on Wednesday after a tip-off from a local resident, included grenades and mortar bombs. Mofokeng asked residents to contact police if they found more.

Mofokeng said the bombs were not linked to those discovered in Pretoria West earlier this week.

"We are still investigating the bombs, but they are not linked to the ones discovered on Monday. We are currently trying to establish who owns the land where the bombs were discovered," he said.

On Monday, 15 World War II incendiary devices were removed from a scrap yard in Pretoria West after one exploded, killing one man and seriously injuring another. Of the 15 devices found at the site in Rebecca Street, six were found to be live.

Projectiles found near school

More military projectiles and a mortar were found near Pretoria West High School on Tuesday.

Pretoria West station commander Colonel Caroline Naidoo said a security guard working at the school noticed two men carrying something heavy and approached them.

"When they saw him, they dropped the weapons and fled," she said.

The weapons were a 25-pound canon projectile and a practice mortar. The guard informed the school principal.

The principal alerted police and the school and surrounding areas were evacuated as police disarmed the bombs.

Naidoo appealed to people not to touch such devices if they found them, but to contact police.

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