Explosives used to bomb ATMs recovered near Marikana

2015-06-19 15:33
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Cape Town - Police officers have recovered explosive gels and detonators that may have been stolen from Lonmin’s Marikana mine and which are commonly used to bomb ATMs.

Two men, aged 33 and 43, were arrested for illegal possession of explosives at the Petro Port filling station in Bapong on Thursday, said police spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko.

He said 40 gel explosives and 73 detonators were recovered in the intelligence-driven operation. Officers found a further 20 explosives and 53 detonators at their home.

“These are explosives mostly used to bomb ATMs,” Ramaloko said.

One of the men is allegedly an employee of the Lonmin mine, about 25km away from Bapong, he said.

They will appear in the Brits Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Lonmin was not immediately available to comment.

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