South African National Parks has confirmed that Rangers conducting a patrol with K9 support in the southwestern boundary of Kruger National Park on Friday, 12 October 2018, flushed out two suspicious individuals who were hiding in a pipeline underneath the railway line.
Upon inspection, the rangers also noticed a suspicious device linked to a battery. The bomb squad was summoned to the scene and identified the device as a pipe bomb. The bomb squad detonated the device at the scene.
The CEO of South African National Parks Mr Fundislie Mketeni stated, “I would like to commend the Rangers and K9 unit for their vigilance and swift action that enabled us to manage the matter quickly and without incident, and it is a reminder to all criminals that no activity will go unnoticed and unchecked in any of our parks.”
He went on to state that, “It is unfortunate that South Africans who are involved in such affairs do not seem to realise they are hurting their own people and their own country, and are in the process destroying their own heritage.
“We urge them to come forward and inform us of who is encouraging this behaviour and to work with us to put an end to this it,” concluded Mketeni.