Cops identify grenade victim

2015-08-31 11:49

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Durban - A woman killed in a horror grenade attack in the early hours of Sunday morning has been identified by police as 33-year-old Letshego Nteke Mohoasa.

Investigators have thrown out a wide net for her husband, who is accused of killing her using two military grade hand grenades.

It is understood that the 30-year-old man, who is now on the run, had thrown two hand grenades at his wife at their Karridene Road home at the culmination of an argument.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said that their suspect was known to police, who were trying to track him down.

“It is alleged that at 01:45, the suspect was at home with his wife when they had an argument. The suspect threw two hand grenades towards the victim and one exploded, injuring her,” he said.

“She was taken to a local hospital where she later died as a result of her injuries. A case of murder was opened at the Amanzimtoti police station for further investigation,” Zwane added.

It is understood that the explosion had ripped through a portion of the home.

Police forensic experts and explosives unit members entered the home and managed to recover the remains of the exploded grenade, and safely remove the other which had not detonated.

Officers then combed the scene for evidence, cordoning off most of the street while the scene was cleared.

Zwane added that while the suspect is being sought, no warrant of arrest had been issued for him.

A police source, who could not be named because he is not authorised to speak to the press, said the suspect may be an active member of the South African Armed Forces.

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