Police disarm Eastgate bomb

2011-11-28 16:33

Johannesburg – Police disarmed the explosive device that was found at Eastgate Mall in Bedfordview, east of Johannesburg, on Monday, said Gauteng police.

"The mall was evacuated and police were called in after a suspicious case was left in front of a jewellery store," said Captain Katlego Mogale.

The suitcase was discovered at about 11:00.

"The bomb disposal unit was called in and confirmed that the case did have an explosive device in it."

Police disarmed the device and the situation returned to normal at about 14:00, said Mogale.

"People are back inside the centre."

Police were investigating, said Mogale.

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  • Kala - 2011-11-28 16:35

    At least this story was written in Johannesburg so we won't have a whole bunch of confused comments about Eastgate not being in Cape Town.

  • Friedrich - 2011-11-28 16:50

    News24 moderators, please do all of us a favour and ban Siyanda from news24, he is one of the biggest racists around here, and he causes tension that is not needed on all the news posts. Get rid of him.

      Lauren - 2011-11-28 16:55

      Hi there, we are aware of 'Siyanda'. He's a very persistent troll who seems to create a new profile after we've banned his previous ones. We are trying to figure out how to ban him permanently (probably through his IP address). Until then, please do not respond to his comments. Report them and we will remove it as far as we can. Thanks Lauren News24

      Shoe - 2011-11-28 17:08

      I personally do not think he is worth banning or even talking about. He appears to be an adolescent, university student, who just learned a new term "White Priviledge" and uses it to draw cyber attention. When schools close, and he moves home, losing all that internet access made available to him by his institution, there will not be that much posting. All it takes is to ignore him, he'll outgrow it. Or engage him positively and see what happens. Sort of 'kill him with kindness'.

      nortee - 2011-11-28 17:10

      Lauren: Tracing the user via the ISP related to the IP address is far more easier than trying to use his IP to ban him as the IP is more than likely ADSL so it will get allocated a new (external) IP address whenever telkom refreshes the connection (I like to call these ADSL burps). You can then put pressure on them to identify the person involved in this and get a proper ban in place.

      DanielDennett - 2011-11-28 17:20

      Lauren great to hear you guys are dealing with this troll, it's a pity people feed him and that's why he does over and over. Find him and name and shame....we look forward to that thanks

      Paul - 2011-11-28 17:24

      @Aubrey at the current exchange rate your british 'government' pension must be a real christmas bonus, around 800 pounds.

      Maai - 2011-11-28 17:24

      @Lauren isnt banning people from forums considered censorship?

  • Christopher Hart - 2011-11-28 16:56

    The bomber most probably misread a 'everything must go' sign as 'everything must blow'. Stupid effing idiot.

  • Shawn - 2011-11-28 16:58

    I heard there were three improvised explosive devices(IED's)

      EttieneC - 2011-11-28 17:01

      Wait soon there will probably be VBIED's

      Paul - 2011-11-28 17:05

      Well then that is the Boeremag setup. Limpets are a lot easier.

      Shawn - 2011-11-28 17:07

      Dare I ask what that is ???

      Paul - 2011-11-28 17:11

      @Shawn 'VB..' is for 'Very Black'.

      Nevil - 2011-11-28 17:26

      @ Shawn..VBIED + Vehicle Bourne Improvised Explosive Device aka Car bomb.

      Lee - 2011-11-28 17:34

      VBIED, ''Vehicle Borne'' i.e. how most come in Iraq/Afgan. unless they wear a vest then it's BBIED.

  • Paul - 2011-11-28 16:59

    News24 the bomb had been disarmed when you posted your first story, why do you have serialise your news articles. It now looks as though Lauren Hess flew to Jozi to get first hand account of the happenings.

  • Tia - 2011-11-28 17:04

    Now I am seriously not going to shopping malls to do my Christmas shopping! Thank heavens I have the foresight to do my shopping through the year at sales! On a more serious note,statistics say that crime is reduced......

      Kala - 2011-11-28 17:08

      Or if you look to the right there is an ad for I wonder if I'll get some credits for punting them????

      Graham - 2011-11-28 17:15

      No need to not go out! You are more likely to die being struck by lightning that killed by a bomb in Jo'burg

      doberman - 2011-11-28 17:37

      There you go! Boasting again doll! Just because your are one of the few that can afford to shop.

  • Stephen - 2011-11-28 17:07

    It is sad to think that there are people out there with destructive minds. All I can say is God bless Africa, guard her children, guide her leaders and give her peace AMEN!

  • Shoe - 2011-11-28 17:11

    Why is South Africa being bombed? Where's the intelligence? All busy with their infighting and making sure that the secrecy bill is water tight, while leaving the citizenry exposed?

  • Piet - 2011-11-28 17:11

    Wonder how the ANC will comment if a terrorist bomb explodes in South Africa? that will be interesting....

      Ruth - 2011-11-28 17:19

      We'll never know. Probably can't publish it with their new censorship laws ;)

  • Alva - 2011-11-28 17:23

    I am relieved this article ended on a positive note. No big bangs and casualties.

  • Bob - 2011-11-28 17:38

    Well the way the ANC have been carrying on, I am not surprised they have driven certain sectors of the population to start being proactive, even to the extent of placing bombs. Whilst this is a deplorable and inexcusable act, because the outcome is against innocent people, it would be interesting to see how the ANC handle it, as it was their own method of the past.

      Piet - 2011-11-28 17:51

      Precisely Bob, the bunch of Hypocrites will have quickly forgot about their actions in the past!

  • Peter - 2011-11-28 17:57

    The person who planted the bomb there must go to prison for life (as in rest of natural life).

  • - 2011-11-28 18:28

    This incident is extremely criticaal for the SA tourist industry. This news today has alredy reached the Unitied Kingdom.

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