Robbers fail to blast open ATM at Selangor bank
ROBBERS attempting to blast open an ATM at a bank in the quiet town of Bukit Beruntung in Selangor brought down the ceiling at its service area and damaged several machines. But they got nothing.
A CCTV recording showed two men riding up to the bank on a motorcycle early on Tuesday morning.
One alighted without removing his helmet and placed a home-made bomb at the ATM machine.
The bomb exploded, bringing down the ceiling, breaking glass windows and damaging other ATMs and deposit machines. It also set off the bank alarm.
An undetonated bomb outside the bank was deactivated by a bomb disposal squad from the Selangor police headquarters at noon.
The bank's assistant manager, known only as Hue, said the explosion triggered the security alarm.
"Our bank headquarters was alerted about the incident at about 5am. I received a call from the headquarters and immediately lodged a police report," he said, adding that the branch had been operating since 1997.
Three ATMs, two cash deposit machines, two cash recycling machines and a cheque deposit machine were affected by the explosion, he said, adding that the cash in the machines had not been replenished since Friday.
Selangor deputy CID chief Rooslan Radzi said the money in the damaged machines was intact.
"The ceiling collapsed due to the explosion, causing a mess in the bank's service area," he said.
"No money could be removed," he said, adding that no security guards were on duty at the bank during the incident.
Structural damage from the blast was estimated at RM500,000 (S$200,000).
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK