South Africa 27.2.2015 02:28 pm

Cop shot in face during ATM bombing

ATM. Image courtesy: stock.xchng

ATM. Image courtesy: stock.xchng

Two Tshwane metro police officers were shot and seriously wounded in an ATM bombing at a petrol station in Wonderboom, north of Pretoria, on Thursday night.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Kay Makhubela said the two officers were working at a roadblock close to the filling station when they were alerted to the ongoing robbery at about 11pm, Rekord East reported.

“Six armed men had entered the convenience store and forced employees to lie on the floor while they blew up the Standard Bank ATM inside,” Makhubela said.

“The officers reacted swiftly but were shot when they arrived at the scene.”

Makhubela said one officer was shot in the face and the other in the upper body. He added the robbers stole the officers’ pistols and R5 000 from a till before fleeing the scene.

On Friday, both men were said to be in a critical but stable condition at a Pretoria hospital.

No arrests have been made, and police are investigating a case of business robbery and attempted murder.

Last year, a Johannesburg metro police officer was shot and robbed of his service pistol in Soweto.

The 48-year-old officer was shot in the leg while he was operating a speed camera along Elias Motsoaledi Road in Dobsonville, Soweto.

Caxton News Service

 

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