Robbers blow up ATM, shoot at cops

A group of robbers destroyed an ATM with explosives and shot at police in Thabong in the Free State, in the early hours of Tuesday, police said.

A group of policemen heard an explosion at an ATM near the Majakathata taxi rank on Constantia Road shortly after 1am, spokeswoman Warrant Officer Malebo Khosana said.

File picture - A passerby looks at yet another bombed ATM. Photo: Matthews Baloyi. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

When the police arrived an unknown number of men shot at them with AK-47 rifles. Police returned fire. They later found 15 spent cartridges at the scene. The robbers fled the scene in a white Toyota Hi-Ace minibus.

Police found another explosive device at the scene which had not been detonated.

No money was taken from the ATM and no one was wounded. - Sapa