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ATM bombed in Kimberley

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Homevale residents awoken in the early hours of the morning by a “massive explosion”.

Shards of glass lie scattered at the scene. Pictures: Danie van der Lith

EXTENSIVE damage was caused to an ATM that is believed to have been bombed during the early hours of Friday morning, with residents hearing a massive explosion at around 2.30am in 3rd Street in Homevale.

Shards of glass were scattered all over the scene after the glass enclosure surrounding the ATM was shattered.

Residents stated that they were awoken by an explosion which they thought could have been a transformer that had blown.

“However, the power was still on and no smoke was visible,” said a resident. “It appears as if a mine grenade was planted and used to detonate the ATM. The SAPS explosives unit was called in to secure the area and declare it as safe.”

A member of the local neighbourhood watch added that he noticed people running up and down the street and asked them what they were doing past the lockdown curfew.

“We were informed that the suspects were armed and dangerous and that they fled in a white vehicle without a registration number. It does not appear as if they managed to steal any cash.”

Hawks provincial spokesperson Nomthandazo Mnisi said they were investigating charges of malicious damage to property and contravention of the explosives act.

“No arrests were made and no injuries were reported during the incident,” said Mnisi.