Millions worth equipment destroyed in Pinetown construction site arson

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Durban – Trucks and heavy earthmoving equipment worth millions was torched by a gang of men who stormed a construction site in Pinetown‚ Durban‚ on Tuesday night.

Four men confronted the site’s security guard‚ bound him at gunpoint and covered his head with his jacket.

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Moments later columns of smoke rose into the sky as a fire spread through vehicles parked on the site.

Police spokeswoman Colonel Thembeka Mbele said that police were investigating a case of malicious damage to property and had been called to the scene after the guard broke free.

“He [the guard] was performing his duties at a construction truck depot in Pinetown when he was accosted by four armed suspects‚” she said.

“The suspects tied his hands with rope and covered his head with a jacket. The suspects set four trucks and two trailers alight before fleeing the scene‚” she added.

No arrests have yet been made.

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