Gunmen storm South African nuclear facility
Armed men broke into a nuclear facility in South Africa on Thursday morning. An off-duty employee managed to repel the intruders, but sustained a gunshot wound to the chest in the process:
A brazen attack by four gunmen on the Pelindaba nuclear facility has left a senior emergency officer seriously injured.
Anton Gerber, Necsa emergency services operational officer spoke to the Pretoria News from his hospital bed hours after the attack.
He was shot in the chest when the gunmen stormed the facility's emergency response control room in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The shooting comes four months after Necsa's newly appointed services general manager Eric Lerata, 43, was gunned down in front of his Montana home after returning from a business trip in France. [Pretoria News]
The story only gets weirder from there.
Gerber told the Pretoria News that he had been keeping his fiancee company while she worked the night shift as a control room supervisor:
Gerber said he kept Meiring company. "I do not like it when she is at work at night and I go with her to keep her company and ensure that she is safe," he said.
Describing the attack Gerber said they were inside the electronically sealed control room when they heard a loud bang. [Pretoria News]
No doubt anxiety was running high after the murder of the general manager--but what kind of nuclear facility isn't secure enough to work the night shift in an electronically sealed room?
Now lawyers for the Nesca are trying to muzzle the Pretoria News.
Just days before the plant invasion, two suspects were arrested in connection with the murder of the Nesca general manager.
What the hell is going on? Is a gang waging war against a South African nuclear facility, and if so, why?
Correction: I incorrectly described the facility as a "power plant," in fact, it's a nuclear research facility.