JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — A bomb exploded in a trash can outside a courthouse today, and another explosion rocked a gaming arcade in the same mining town of Newcastle, the government said. A government spokesman said 20 people were injured.
Dr. Melle Briscoe, medical superintendent of a local hospital, said seven of those wounded were seriously injured..
"One person will probably need to have a leg amputated. The rest mainly have shrapnel wounds," he said.
The government initially reported only five injuries in the blasts, but later upped the casualty toll to seven and then 20.
Gaming Arcade Blast
Government spokesman Deon van Loggerenberger said two policemen and three other blacks were seriously injured in the blast at 3:10 p.m. outside a magistrate's court in Newcastle, 130 miles southeast of Johannesburg. He said the magistrate, a prosecutor and others inside the court building were slightly injured.
An explosion half an hour earlier hit a shop selling newspapers and stationery in a gaming arcade, he said.
Local newspaper employees said they heard the courthouse blast from more than a mile away, and one said he saw smoke pouring from the courthouse window. Police cordoned off the area, and reporters could not get near.