Brazen ATM bombing at Durban retail store

2015-07-01 09:31
The aftermath of an ATM bombing at Boxer Superstore in Clermont, Durban. (Supplied)

The aftermath of an ATM bombing at Boxer Superstore in Clermont, Durban. (Supplied)

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Durban - A gang of heavily armed robbers has escaped with possibly hundreds of thousands of rands in pension payout funds after a dramatic heist at Boxer Superstore in Clermont, Durban on Wednesday.

An employee was injured when the brazen gang detonated explosives they had laid around an in-store ATM.

A police source, who could not be named, was one of the first officers to attend the scene.

He said the explosive charges completely destroyed the cash machine, sending chunks of shrapnel flying through the shop.

Assault rifles, explosives

“When the store had opened for business this morning a group of men, as many as ten, had rushed through the doors brandishing handguns and assault rifles. They were definitely well armed and well versed in this kind of robbery,” the source said.

“They forced all of the people inside the shop to lie on the ground while they went straight to the pension payout point. They worked the cover off the outside of the cash machine and then set the explosives which detonated in the shop.”

The officer said that before the dust had settled, the robbers had already made their way to the blast site to collect the money.

“Once the charges blew they were gone. They all fled through the same way that they came in. The amount of money that was stolen is still being calculated but we expect it to be a large amount,” he said.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said paramedics were alerted to the incident and arrived at the scene to find a female patient with minor injuries to one of her legs.

"It is believed that the patient sustained these injuries when she fell, running away when she heard the explosion," Meiring said.

She was treated at the scene and transported to St Augustine's Hospital for further treatment.

The incident is being investigated.

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