WATCH | Benoni residents loot cash-in-transit van after armed gang bomb vehicle

  • A cash-in-transit van was bombed by a gang in Benoni on Friday.
  • The guards driving the van sustained injuries - and police have made no arrests.
  • Onlookers then proceeded to loot the burning van.

Security guards driving a cash-in-transit van were injured after they were attacked by an armed gang in Benoni, east of Johannesburg, on Friday.

"It is alleged that explosives were used to bomb the cash vehicle and the suspects made off with an undisclosed amount of cash in three vehicles," police spokesperson Colonel Brenda Muridili told News24. 

The guards sustained injuries and had to be taken to the hospital for medical attention.

Shortly after the bombing, bystanders started looting the overturned and burning van. 

Video footage, which has been circulated widely, shows a group of people elbowing each other for the spill-over cash. 

The gang is still at large and police are looking for any information that could lead to their arrest.  

WATCH | Cash looted by Soweto residents after CIT van hit by 'heavily armed' gang

Earlier this month, another cash-in-transit heist was reported in Dobsonville, in the south of Johannesburg. 

According to national police spokesperson Colonel Athlenda Mathe, a G4S cash van was attacked by a heavily armed gang.

Once the assailants were done, onlookers then proceeded to loot the van. 

Mathe urged the public to avoid looting these vans, saying that these crime scenes could be very dangerous, especially if explosives are used during the robberies. 

"It is for this reason that we warn members of the community that, in some instances, it is possible that not all explosives were detonated at the time when the robbery was committed.

"This, therefore, poses a risk for the detonator to explode in their presence, thereby posing a risk for the loss of life," he said.

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