South Africa 3.7.2014 01:55 pm

Pta ‘petrol bomber’ to appear in court soon

Forensics and police get ready to investigate the entrance of the Health Department in Pretoria that was set on fire on 2 July 2014. The suspect was arrested and there were no injuries reported. Picture: Christine Vermooten

Forensics and police get ready to investigate the entrance of the Health Department in Pretoria that was set on fire on 2 July 2014. The suspect was arrested and there were no injuries reported. Picture: Christine Vermooten

A 54-year-old man is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Friday for allegedly throwing a petrol bomb into the National Department of Health building.

Police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini said the suspect allegedly threw a flammable substance into the reception area of the building before trying to flee the scene.

“As the suspects was fleeing from the scene, he was confronted by the security guards and later handed to the police,” said Dlamini.

The suspect who was apprehended by security guards and later handed over to police has not revealed his motive for the alleged attack. Police say this will be revealed in court.

Police forensics team investigate the entrance of the Health Department in Pretoria that was set on fire on 2 July 2014. The suspect was arrested and there were no injuries reported. Picture: Christine Vermooten

Police forensics team investigate the entrance of the Health Department in Pretoria that was set on fire on 2 July 2014. The suspect was arrested and there were no injuries reported. Picture: Christine Vermooten

The Department of Health’s spokesperson Joe Maila said it looked like a petrol bomb that was thrown at the entrance and a fire was started, but contained to the reception area.

No one was injured during the alleged arson attack area and the fire was put out before emergency services arrived, according to police the ceiling and doors were damaged by the flammable substance.

The suspect will be charged with arson.

The entrance of the Health Department in Pretoria that was set on fire on 2 July 2014. The suspect was arrested and there were no injuries reported. Picture: Christine Vermooten

The entrance of the Health Department in Pretoria that was set on fire on 2 July 2014. The suspect was arrested and there were no injuries reported. Picture: Christine Vermooten

 

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