The Bomb Disposal Unit was called out to Spar on Austerville Drive in Wentworth to detonate a parcel bomb that was placed at the entrance of the store, near the tills, yesterday afternoon.
It is alleged that a 10-year-old boy arrived at the supermarket and gave the manager a brown envelope containing one live 9mm ammunition and a letter.
Confirming the incident, communications officer of Wentworth SAPS, Cpt Mbuso said, “The letter stated ‘put money inside the bag and leave the bag outside the supermarket otherwise a bomb will explode and do not call the police’. The boy who delivered the letter alleged that it was given to him by an unknown man.”
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The manager took the envelope personally to the police station, being accompanied by the boy. The police attended and cordoned off the scene.
The Bomb Disposal Unit arrived and an explosive dog search was done inside the supermarket and a black plastic packet was found on the entrance near the tills.
Gumede further added, “The parcel was destroyed by Cnst April from the unit. No injuries were sustained and there was no damage to property. The suspect who sent the boy is still at large. The case is still under police investigation.”