Bloem mall evacuated after bomb threat

Bloemfontein - A shopping centre in Bloemfontein was evacuated on Thursday morning following an alleged bomb threat, it was reported.

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There were also reports that it was a hostage situation but this could not be verified.
Free State police spokesperson Captain Chaka Marope told News24 that an anonymous caller to the Southern Centre in Bloemfontein, more commonly known as the Pick n Pay Centre, said there was a bomb inside the building.

The management of the centre alerted the police, and various police units and the fire brigade were dispatched to the building which had been evacuated.

"At the end, nothing has happened, but we are monitoring the situation," he said.

The building is still being swept and people have not been allowed back in, he added.
This is a developing story.

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Peter Redelinghuys 2014/07/31 11:34:51 AM
Flash backs to late 80s early 90s.
Akhenaten 2014/07/31 11:36:37 AM
Never a dull moment in this country.
Ernesto Chè Dabig 2014/07/31 11:49:39 AM
Sounds like someone was running very late to work and came up with a Brilliant plan. place an anonymous call!
Mveleli Zacharia 2014/07/31 11:53:06 AM
Boko Haram starting its tricks in SA
Stephanes Heunis 2014/07/31 12:19:22 PM
it's a employee who wants a day off, or a disgrantile government official who wants discount on KFC
Hendrik Kruger 2014/07/31 12:20:57 PM
Probably a prank call.
Robert Sidney 2014/07/31 12:29:24 PM
Bloem is da bomb
Calvin Stonegold Nkuna 2014/07/31 12:38:06 PM
Even if it has never happen but police forces must always keep an eye,mostly on the malls.
Kamohelo Moshodi 2014/07/31 12:48:15 PM
Mxm there is no story here.where is Julius Malema he is the only one who can give news24 good story lol
Nyawa Nengovhela 2014/07/31 02:17:20 PM
We have a beautiful country people lets not look back, lets go forward with peace, Lets do what Nelson Mandela did "Forgiveness and going forward" look at what is happening to other countries.