Community warned to be vigilant after spike in ATM bombings

The Nkangala District Commissioner, Major General Lilly Lentsoane, has warned businesses and communities to be extra vigilant to assist in curbing crime after sporadic instances of ATM bombings have occurred in the area.

In the latest incident, two ATMs were bombed in Hendrina on Tuesday November 2 followed by an armed robbery at a business. The incident happened at 18:45 last night.

According to information from the police the ATMs were bombed at shops in the vicinity of the Kwazamokuhle Taxi Rank.

Three suspects, travelling in a black BMW, could however not gain access to the cash. The ATMs were destroyed in the process.

Robbers then focused their attention on a nearby business where they robbed the owner of an undisclosed amount of cash.

Genl. Lentsoane requested the community and businesses to work closely with police by acting pro-active in providing police with information and also reporting suspicious vehicles.

“Let us work together to make sure that our area is safe. If you see any suspicious vehicle or people roaming your streets, whether residential or business areas, alert police urgently,” said Major General Lilly Lentsoane.

Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of the suspects involved in the latest ATM bombings is requested to contact Detective Warrant Officer Aaron Magagula on 082 303 9899.

• On October 23 an ATM in Hendrina was also bombed.

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