SA National Parks (SANParks) say rangers discovered a pipe bomb near the south-western border of the Kruger National Park.
SANParks Spokesperson Isaac Phaahla said that the bomb squad was called to the scene, identified the device and detonated it on Friday.
“Upon inspection‚ the rangers also noticed a suspicious device linked to a battery. The bomb squad was summoned to the scene and identified the device as a pipe bomb. The bomb squad detonated the device at the scene‚” he said.
Phaahla also said that rangers had arrested two ‘suspicious individuals’ who were hiding in a pipeline underneath a railway line.
According to a report on EWN, Phaahla said that the device did not seem to be homemade, but was manufactured and purchased through legal means.
“It indicates that the anti-poaching campaign is taking a turn for the worst as poachers get desperate to get their hands on our natural assets by all means, even if it means maiming or killing another human being,” Phaahla said.