Cape Town - The family of a well-known Cape Town attorney escaped unharmed when an explosive device was hurled at their house in Lansdowne on Wednesday night, causing extensive damage.

The home belongs to attorney Noorudien Hassan, who, along with his brother, owns a superette which is adjacent to the house.

Hassan is a defence attorney who, among others, has represented the accused in some prominent gang-related cases. He did not answer his phone on Thursday morning, and did not reply to an sms request for comment.

Sources in the area said Hassan has had trouble with the anti-gangster organisation Pagad in the past. However, Pagad leader Abdus Salaam, who lives in Lansdowne but was out of town, said: “Pagad had nothing to do with it (the blast).”

The explosion rocked the residential suburb just after 11.30pm.

By late last night police had cordoned off the area, and were combing the scene for clues.

Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said the device was thrown at a house on the corner of Roy and Lansdowne Road in Lansdowne.

“At 23.35pm the household was woken by an explosion and upon inspection the owner found the front of his house burning. The fire was extinguished but the blast damaged the front section of the house.”

Van Wyk said the front windows were shattered.

“No one was injured. The whole family was asleep at home during the incident. At this stage there are no witnesses. No arrest had been made at this stage.”

Van Wyk urged anyone with information about the attackers to call Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or Lansdowne police station on 021 700 9000.

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Cape Argus