Robbers’ explosion flops


A group of suspects could not get cash from a safe at a petrol station in Lydenburg, Mpumalanga, when they unsuccessfully tried to blow open the safe.

Brig. Selvy Mohlala, spokesperson for the police, says five suspects attacked the petrol station at around 00:10 on Monday. A charge of breaching the Explosives Act is being investigated.

“The incident started when a man arrived at the petrol station in a white Ford Ranger. He produced a firearm and held the pump jockey hostage. He threatened him to fill his tank. The armed man then forced the pump boy and his colleagues into the store. They were all detained with a firearm.”

In the meantime, more suspects arrived at the scene and got explosives ready.

“The staff were moved out of the store before they heard two loud bangs when the explosive went off. The suspects stormed back into the store, but apparently fled empty-handed. They fired a few shots as they sped away. No injuries were reported.”

The police were informed of the incident and the investigation was launched. No one has been arrested yet.