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Bomb blasts reported near Durban July

Multiple bomb blasts reported near the Durban July are the latest in a string of explosive related incidents, but law enforcement agencies remain tight-lipped on the attacks.

Durban Magistrate's Court shooting leaves two dead

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Following the discovery of explosive devices in two Durban Woolworths stores, a third device is reported to have been detonated, resulting in a bomb blast, near the annual Vodacom Durban July horse-racing event on Saturday evening.

According to police spokeswoman Captain Nqobile Gwala, multiple explosive devices were detonated on the fringes of Greyville racecourse, where the extravagant event was being held.

A series of bomb scares have rocked the Durban community as both Woolworths stores at the Gateway and Pavilion were targeted by incendiaries last week.

Gwala confirms that explosives were detonated amongst parked cars on Gladys Mazibuko [Marriott] Road. Another bomb exploded on Avondale Road, sparking fear amongst nearby revellers and race-goers. Luckily no injuries were reported.

Speaking to Times Live, Gwala said of the explosions:

“At Marriott Road just after 10pm a device was found under a vehicle. No injuries were reported. The second incident took place at Avondale and Milner road after 11pm after an unknown device exploded on a vehicle.”

Gwala added that an investigative unit was called to the scene for a general risk assessment of surrounding areas, saying:

“The explosives unit members went to the scene to investigate what type of devices were used. Investigations are still continuing.”

Bomb blasts prompt arson investigation

KwaZulu Natal police spokesperson, Captain Thulani Zwane, has confirmed that following the two initial bomb scares at the aforementioned Woolworths stores, two cases of arson are under investigation.

The devices found resembled that of a torch and a cellphone and were removed by the bomb unit for further investigation.

Law agencies have been tight-lipped regarding the on-going investigations sparked by the string of detonations. A case of contravening the Explosives Act has also been opened.

Woolworths spokeswoman Kirsten Hewett has issued a statement to customers, saying:

“We can assure the public that we take these incidents in KZN incredibly seriously and we are doing all that we can to ensure the safety of our people and our customers.