Public help trace alleged ATM bombers

Friday, July 22, 2011

Pretoria - Police have made a breakthrough in their search for a gang of ATM bombers allegedly responsible for a recent spate of bombings and the murder of a police reservist.

Gauteng Police spokesman, Brigadier Neville Malila, said two suspects were arrested in Johannesburg on Thursday.

The arrests came as a result of tip-offs received from the public after police and Crime Line released pictures captured on CCTV cameras of the alleged gang members.

The extensive media coverage led to a number of tip-offs being received on Crime Line and Crime Stop.

"We thank the public, but appeal to them to continue to assist us in identifying the other men and to tell us about their whereabouts," Malila said.

The gang of about 10 men is believed to be responsible for the Soweto ATM bombing about two weeks ago -- in which a police reservist was shot and killed -- and a more recent attack on an ATM in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal.

A team of detectives has been assigned to follow up every tip-off and is working around the clock, Malila said.

"Good progress is being made", he added.

Head of Crime Line Yusuf Abramjee said it was heartening to note that more members of the public were contributing towards a safer South Africa by passing on information.

He congratulated the public and the police for the arrests.
"We also thank the media for the role they are playing. The partnership between the police, the public and the media is being strengthened with initiatives like these ... It's good to see we are all uniting against a common enemy - crime and criminals," he said.

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