South African police have seized 2.5 tonnes of explosives of the type robbers use to bomb banks' cash machines, the Saturday Star newspaper reported.
"It's the biggest find we have discovered so far," the paper quoted police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini as saying.
"There were about 100 boxes, each containing 25 kilogrammes of commercial explosives. Our investigations revealed it is the same type of explosives used to bomb ATMs."
Police found the explosives in the bathroom of a house in a Johannesburg suburb. They raided the house after receiving a tip-off from a member of the public.
Two people have been arrested and police are looking for a third suspect, the newspaper said.
South Africa has one of the world's highest rates of violent crime, with 18,487 murders, 36,190 rapes, and 14,201 reported carjackings in 2007-8, according to police. Many crimes go unreported.
About 50 people are murdered a day, slightly higher than the rate in the United States, which has six times South Africa's 50 million population.
South Africa's police chief, Bheki Cele, has said he did not think the high crime levels would scare visitors from attending the FIFA Soccer World Cup which the country is hosting in June.
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