Businessman in his 50s ‘who spoke with a British accent’ in critical after ‘bomb’ explodes under the front seat of his Range Rover in South Africa
- Witnesses say the bomb blasted a hole through the floor of the SUV
- The explosion happened at 12.30pm shortly after the driver had set off
- He was taken to hospital in a critical condition and his nationality is unconfirmed
A businessman is in a critical condition after an explosive device, allegedly planted under the seat of his Range Rover, detonated in Cape Town.
The man in his 50s, who reportedly spoke in a British accent, was blown off the road and police do not yet know the cause of the explosion.
Witnesses say the bomb went off under his seat and it blasted a hole through the floor of the SUV.
A businessman in his 50s was taken to hospital in critical condition after an explosion under the front seat of his Range Rover near Cape Town, South Africa
The explosion happened at 12.30pm on Friday and a bomb squad was sent to the scene in the suburb of Tokai, according to South African News24.
It reportedly injured the driver’s buttocks and caused serious damage to the driver’s seat.
The nationality of the driver has not been confirmed by police but witness Greg Muller reported hearing a British accent, according to IOL.
He said he spoke to the driver who was conscious but losing blood.
Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said: ‘It is alleged that the victim left his house from Stonehurst Estate and while driving towards Ou Kaapse weg on Steenberg Road the vehicle exploded.
Witnesses said the man spoke with a British accent and was injured by a bomb which went off under his seat and was powerful enough to blow a hole in the roof
‘He was taken to hospital in a critical condition. At this stage this office cannot confirm what caused the explosion.’
Cape Town traffic services closed Steenberg Road in both directions while investigations were carried out.
Police have appealed for anyone with information to get in touch.