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Two Krejcir associates killed in blast

The blast took place directly opposite the Eastgate Shopping Centre late on Tuesday.

Smoke rises from Radovan Krejcir’s Moneypoint shop in Bedfordview shortly after an explosion on 12 November 2013. Picture: @mickey_gp/Twitter.

BEDFORDVIEW - Two people have been killed and another three are in a critical condition following an explosion outside Radovan Krejcir's Moneypoint shop in Bedfordview, east of Johannesburg.

The two people killed in the blast are associates of the businessman.

Two others suffered minor injuries.

The blast took place directly opposite the Eastgate Shopping Centre late on Tuesday.

Emergency services have closed the road outside Radovan Krejcir's Moneypoint shop in Bedfordview, directly across from Eastgate Shopping Centre, where an explosion occurred on 12 November 2013. Picture: Mandy Wiener/EWN

Ekurhuleni's Emergency Services spokesperson William Ntladi said, "Two people have been certified dead inside. Whether they are female or males, we've not yet confirmed that."

A man has lost his leg in the explosion.

The critically injured have been taken to the nearby Bedford Gardens Hospital.

Eyewitness News understands the controversial Czech businessman wasn't at the shop at the time of the blast.

Krejcir isn't answering his phone and his lawyer Eddie Klaasen says he doesn't know any details at this stage.

Emergency services officials wait outside Radovan Krejcir's Moneypoint shop in Bedfordview, directly across from Eastgate Shopping Centre, where an explosion occurred on 12 November 2013. Picture: Mandy Wiener/EWN.

A witness at the scene describes the experience as terrifying.

"I heard an explosion and a bit of the debris from the explosion hit my car as I was driving in. I then did a u-turn and drove back out to see what was going on. When I went past the offices you could see there had been an explosion - a couple of windows had been blown out."

Earlier this year, Krejcir survived a bizarre attempt on his life when remote controlled shotguns opened fire on him from behind a number plate of a parked car outside the same shop.

He described the experience as being like something out of a James Bond film.

A close-up of the VW Cross-Polo with guns installed behind its number plate used in the attempted hit on Radovan Krejcir on 24 July 2013. Picture: EWN/Christa van der Walt.

Several of Krejcir's associates have been gunned down in recent weeks.

In the latest incident, Lebanese national Sam Issa was killed in Bedfordview.

Krejcir has denied ever being close to Issa or having any links to the killing.

The Czech national has been named a suspect in a number of high-profile murders but has never been charged.

He is also fighting to avoid extradition to his home country where he has been charged in absentia on a number of charges.