ATM bombings in Brackenfell

Two ATMs were blown up at a shopping centre in a suburb north of Cape Town.

FILE: A young girl looks at the remains of an ATM after it was bombed by robbers. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Two ATMs were blown up at a shopping centre in Brackenfell, north of Cape Town, during the early hours of this morning.

Police said armed men attacked the cash machines at the Glengarry Shopping Centre, but made off with no cash.

The two armed suspects held up a pair of the shopping centre's security guards and tied them up in a basement.

Four explosive devices were then detonated and eyewitnesses spotted the suspects fleeing the scene.

Police discovered the ATMs were fitted with a new device which released a blue dye as soon as the first blasts went off, leaving the money tainted.

Western Cape police Captain Frederick van Wyk says, "The spate of ATM bombings is worrisome to the South African Police Service and every endeavour is made to apprehend those responsible."

The suspects are still at large.