JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — More than 20 people were reported injured Tuesday when two explosive devices, one outside a courthouse and another at a shopping arcade, exploded in the mining town of Newcastle, the government said.
Dr. Melli Briscoe, medical supervisor at Newcastle Provincial Hospital, said 20 blacks were admitted after a bomb exploded in a trash can near the courthouse, in Natal province 130 miles southeast of Johannesburg. Two were in critical condition and seven others were seriously wounded, he said.
Two of the 20, with head injuries and shrapnel wounds, were transferred to a hospital in the nearby KwaZulu black homeland, said a spokesman there, who was quoted anonymously by the South African Press Assn.
Two Officers Wounded
Two South African police officers were among those seriously hurt at the courthouse, which sustained some damage, said Deon van Loggerenberger of the government's Bureau of Information in Pretoria. He said the magistrate and a prosecutor were slightly injured.