KUALA LUMPUR - At least two other bomb blasts similar to yesterday's at Bukit Bintang have taken place in Malaysia this year, according to Malaysian media.
On Sept 13, police discovered a hand grenade following a woman's complaint that her car had been damaged by a minor explosion in a village in Sungai Buloh in Selangor state.
At 7.30am that day, the woman had stopped at a junction before entering a main road when she heard a loud explosion at the back of her Toyota Vios.
Police said the explosion took place when the bottom of her car hit a rock in the middle of the dirt driveway outside her house.
The explosion caused the rear bumper of the car to collapse and ball bearings ripped holes all over the vehicle, according to The Star newspaper.
On July 30, burglars attempted to blast open the ATM machines at a Public Bank service compound in an industrial park in Bukit Beruntung, Selangor, the New Straits Times reported.
One homemade bomb went off, shattering the glass partition in the compound and causing the ceiling to collapse.
The explosion, which took place at 5am, triggered the bank's alarm system and sent an alert to its headquarters.
The ATM and cash and cheque deposit machines were badly damaged but did not crack.
The robbers went away empty- handed. A second bomb was defused by a bomb disposal unit by noon.
This article was first published on October 10, 2014.
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