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Explosives used in N2 cash-in-transit robbery

There were no injuries reported, however, reports suggest the suspects were armed with high calibre rifles.

THE N2 freeway northbound near the KwaMashu off-ramp has been brought to a complete standstill following a cash-in-transit (CIT) bombing and robbery on Thursday morning (June 6).

According to Prem Balram, spokesperson for Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA), around 20 suspects were involved in the brazen robbery.

“It was established that approximately 20 suspects with high calibre rifles opened fire on a vehicle transporting cash. The suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of cash prior to the arrival of First Responders. Several collisions occurred after motorists attempted to steer clear of the gunfire,” he said.

It is understood that the suspects got away with the money and no injuries were reported.

Several cars were damaged in separate collisions while the robbery was in progress. Photo: ALS Paramedics

ALS Paramedics spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said they responded to the incident just after 05:30.

“We received numerous calls of an explosion and robbery on the N2. Paramedics arrived on the scene to find that a cash-in-transit vehicle had been attacked by alleged robbers with apparent explosives used. Paramedics assessed the occupants of the cash vehicle, however, fortunately, they were not injured during the robbery,” he said.

Traffic has been severely affected, and the N2 northbound in the vicinity of Queen Nandi Drive will be closed for some time while SAPS investigations continue.

The robbery comes after two suspected cash-in-transit robbers were shot and fatally wounded in Phoenix in the early hours of Tuesday morning (June 4).

Provincial SAPS spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda confirmed that police also recovered rifles and a pistol, several rounds of ammunition and an undisclosed amount of money found in the suspects’ possession.

One suspect was later arrested after he was located at a block of flats with gunshot wounds.


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