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Pretoria - Twenty-four shots were fired at police officers who managed to stop ATM bombers getting away with cash after an early-morning attack on an ATM at a Lyttelton shopping centre.
On Friday, police and forensic experts spent hours trying to piece together evidence and gather pieces of the blown-up ATM on the corner of Cradock and Trichardt streets.
Police spokesman Warrant Officer Hero Gumbu said some six suspects blew up the ATM about 3am yesterday, but were interrupted by patrolling police officers.
“Police were attending to a complaint in the area and heard the bang.
“When they reached the corner, the suspects saw them and started shooting at them. Police did not retaliate but called for back-up.
The culprits fled in different directions.”
Gumbu said two Opel Corsa bakkies were identified, along with another vehicle that the culprits fled in.
“The police interrupted them so they didn’t have time to open the safe of the ATM. They were foiled as they did not get any money.”
It is believed there was more than R150 000 in the ATM
Gumbu said police were aware of the increase of ATM bombings in the area and they were looking into mounting special operations to clamp down on the crime.