Hawks probe cellphone-controlled car bomb that left UK man with 'gruesome' injuries

2019-09-01 20:10
Picture from the scene of a suspected explosion in Westlake. (Supplied)

Picture from the scene of a suspected explosion in Westlake. (Supplied)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

A British national remains in a stable, yet critical condition after a cellphone-controlled explosive device detonated in his Range Rover in Westlake on Friday, the Hawks confirmed.

The man, 48, had sustained "gruesome injuries", following the explosion on Steenberg Road, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said on Sunday.

Mulaudzi added it could now be confirmed that an explosive device was placed under the driver's seat of the vehicle.

They were investigating a case of attempted murder.

Greg Muller from Down South Towing, who was on the scene, told News24 on Friday a bomb had gone off under the seat.

A photo showed how the device blasted a large hole through the leather seat.

"The motive of the threat on his life and those behind it all are now the subject of the Hawks' serious organised crime investigation team," said Mulaudzi.

He added the team was investigating who placed the cellphone controlled bomb in the vehicle, and how they did it.



(Supplied)

The seat where the explosive device was allegedly planted (Supplied)

On Friday, Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said the man had left his home at Stonehurst Estate and while driving towards Ou Kaapse Weg on Steenberg Road, the vehicle exploded.

The road had been closed in both directions while crime scene experts, the bomb squad and K9 unit combed the area for clues.

Anyone with information on the explosion can contact Detective Captain Tony van Beulen on 071 481 3259.

GET THE NEWS at your fingertips and download the News24 app for Android here now. Get it for your iPhone here.

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.

Read more on:    hawks  |  cape town  |  car bomb
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.