Five alleged ATM bombers arrested in North West

Five alleged ATM bombers arrested in North West

A hijacked bakkie was found abandoned after police arrested five people in connection with an alleged plan to bomb an ATM in Marikana near Rustenburg. Photo: SAPS Housebreaking implements were found in Bapong when police arrested five people in connection with an alleged plan to bomb an ATM. Photo: SAPS

Police followed up on information that the group were planning  to bomb an ATM in Marikana near Rustenburg, Lt-Col Amanda Funani said.

Five men have been arrested at Tornado in Bapong near Brits for allegedly planning to bomb an automated teller machine (ATM), North West police said on Sunday.

“According to information received, the police swiftly went to the suspects’ place at Tornado section, Bapong village near Mooinooi where they found a Toyota Avanza and a Blue Ford Ranger. The latter vehicle sped off from the scene. It was later found abandoned on the R518 road.

“The suspects, aged between 35 and 52, were arrested after being found in possession of three firearms, ammunition, explosives, and housebreaking implements. They are expected to appear in the Brits Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 18 February 2019 on charges of conspiracy to commit crime, illegal possession of firearms, ammunition, and explosives,” she said.

The preliminary investigation had revealed that the Ford Ranger was hijacked in Bedfordview in Johannesburg in December 2018.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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