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Suspects open fire at bystanders after ATM bombing


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Free State

FREE STATE - Earlier today three African males alleging to be traveling from Gauteng Province to Eastern Cape arrived at the Engen Filling Station in OR Tambo Street and decided to rest before they could continue with their journey.

The three men allege that they were woken up by a knock on the windscreen at about 01:10. According to their explanation an unknown African male pointed them with a firearm and shot one of them, a 34-year-old victim who was sitting in the car. The bullet hit him on the upper left arm. The victims were shocked to see approximately eleven African males outside. The driver drove away as gunshots continued accompanied by a loud bang.

The employees at the filling station also heard the loud sound from their rest room. One of the workers at the station pressed the panic button and the Security Company reacted and arrived at the scene. The suspects fled the scene on foot.

The complainant alleges that the loud bang occurred as the suspects were blasting the Automatic Teller Machine at the filling station. No money was taken from the ATM. The 34-year-old victim who was shot at was rushed to hospital where he is receiving treatment. A case of malicious damage to property and attempted murder was opened for further investigation.

Any member of the public who might have information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects is requested to call Sergeant Ntingi Moshompela at 082 466 8530. The information can also be submitted on MySAPS App or call the SAPS Crime Stop number 08600 10111.


Lieutenant Colonel Thabo Covane
082 461 7473; 082 757 2233