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SABRIC troubled by ATM bombings

Banking group SABRIC is helping police fight ATM bombings in the W.Cape.

A young girl looks at the remains of an ATM in Lenasia, after robbers bombed it. Picture: SAPA
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CAPE TOWN - The SA Banking Risk Information Centre is troubled by the spike in ATM bombings across the Western Cape, officials said on Wednesday.

A cash machine was destroyed in Lansdowne in the early hours of Wednesday morning, bringing to 17 the number of such attacks in the Western Cape this year.

Police could not confirm whether any cash was taken.

Johan Burger from the Institute for Security Studies said those responsible for the heists are co-ordinating the bombings.

“Most of them are well organised. And you have to be, because you need to get hold of explosives, so you have to have the ability to access the explosives through mines where they are kept.”

SABRIC's Kevin Twiname said, “The banking industry is concerned about the recent increase in ATM bombings in the western Cape. From a banking industry perspective, SABRIC is providing as much support to the police in the Western Cape.”

(Edited by Lisa Bartlett)

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