Top cops sent to Bedfordview
A blast at Radovan Krejcir's store killed two and critically injured three people on Tuesday evening.
JOHANNESBURG - Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir's role in South Africa's underworld has once again come under scrutiny following a bomb blast that killed two and critically injured three more at his Money Point store in Bedforview yesterday evening.
understood one of the men who was injured had his leg blown off.
The blast is the latest in a series of violent attacks on Krejcir and his allies.
Smoke rises from Radovan Krejcir's Money Point shop in Bedfordview shortly after an explosion on 12 November 2013. Picture: @mickey_gp/Twitter.
Police say a man apparently walked into the store on Tuesday afternoon with a bag carrying the explosive device.
The device was detonated shortly after and caused a massive explosion that blew out the windows and glass doors while at least five people were still inside.
The police's Neville Malila says the head of Gauteng's detective unit will be leading the investigation, but not much is known at this stage.
"We don't know who's involved, but we know there were a few incidents in Bedfordview. We have a team from our national office that will assist us with the investigation."
The forensic teams are expected to wrap up their search for evidence on Wednesday morning and clarity on the type of device used is expected soon.
Emergency services officials wait outside Radovan Krejcir's Moneypoint shop in Bedfordview where an explosion occurred on 12 November 2013. Picture: Mandy Wiener/EWN.
Meanwhile, Krejcir has gone into hiding, after it was confirmed the two people who were killed are his close associates.
The police's K9 unit spent most of the night searching the rubble in the store for a second explosive device, but after nothing was found, the area was declared safe. Emergency services have closed the road outside Radovan Krejcir's Money Point shop in Bedfordview where an explosion occurred. Picture: Mandy Wiener/EWN.
Emergency services have closed the road outside Radovan Krejcir's Money Point shop in Bedfordview where an explosion occurred. Picture: Mandy Wiener/EWN.
Independent security expert Paul O' Sullivan says the lease on the property being hired by Krejcir expires at the end of the year and the Czech businessman should also be questioned about the explosion.
"You can't rule out that Radovan didn't plant the bomb himself."
Furthermore, at the nearby Bedford Gardens Hospital, several distraught friends and family members of the injured wait for any news on their condition.