Police Recover Explosives Stash Used In ATM Bombings

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Police on Saturday said they have recovered commercial explosives in an abandoned house in Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal.

“During an Intelligence-driven operation this morning, members of the Pietermaritzburg K9 unit recovered commercial explosives at an abandoned house in the Bruntville area in Mooi River,” said national police spokesperson, Brigadier Vish Naidoo.

“These explosives have been confirmed to be ‘Viper Booster’ which are generally used in mining.

“Although not confirmed yet, it is suspected that these explosives may have been intended for Automated Teller Machine (ATM) bombings and/or Cash-in-Transit (CIT) heists as similar explosives are known to have been used for this purpose before.”

Brigadier Vish Naidoo said these types of explosives have been recovered previously as well.

“No arrests have yet been made with regards to explosives recovered today and we are appealing to anyone who has any information to please contact the SAPS on 086 00 10111,” Brigadier Vish Naidoo.

“All information will be treated with strictest confidence and callers may remain anonymous.”