WESTERN CAPE – This was the scene of bloody carnage after a hand grenade exploded, leaving six young men injured.
The blast rocked a house in Goud Street, Vanguard Estate, on Monday at 6.30pm.
While police are investigating how the explosive device ended up at the residence, it is believed the friends took the military issue 1026 grenade from a safe at the home.
19-year-old Devlin MItchell underwent a five-hour operation to have his arm amputated after the blast.
Images taken by a community member shortly after the explosion show Devlin lying on the stoep with a bandage around his left hand and his face covered in blood.
Another image shows Devlin’s shocked parents leaning over him as they await for an ambulance.
His distraught parents Nico, 44, and Delisha Mitchell, 42, revealed his injuries were so severe that six surgeons were needed to operate on him.
He suffered a broken collarbone, a broken left leg, and injuries to his abdomen, bladder, groin, face and his left arm was amputated from just below his elbow.
“He is stable and he is doing well under the circumstances,” the father said last night.
“I cannot talk about what happened at that house until I have spoken to my son after his operation.”
Reporters also attempted speaking to residents of the house in Goud Street, but they refused to comment.
A friend of one of the boys, who cannot be identified as they are minors, claims the hand grenade was removed from the safe: “They took it from the safe and Devlin was holding it in his hands (when it exploded).”
Police spokesperson, Captain FC Van Wyk says: “An unlawful possession of explosive to cause injury to persons or damage to property case was opened for investigation.”
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