Malaysia police nab ATM bombers

Malaysia police nab ATM bombers
Big blast: The damaged bank service area at Bukit Beruntung in Hulu Selangor after the blast on Tuesday.

SHAH ALAM - Police arrested a gang of robbers who tried to blow up an ATM at a bank in Bukit Beruntung using a homemade bomb.

Four men, in their 30s, were nabbed in two different locations - Tanjung Karang, Kuala Selangor and Puchong - between 4.30am and 12.30pm yesterday.

Selangor deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Jaafar said this was the first time the group used such a method to break into an ATM.

"The leader of the gang, who had been involved in several ATM robberies in the past year, generally would use a crowbar," he said.

"However, this time they got creative," he added at a press conference at the Selangor police headquarters yesterday.

Apparently, the robbers used firecracker materials to make the bomb.

DCP Abdul Rahim said a closed circuit television footage showed that the bomb blew earlier than the robbers had expected.

"They were unable to get out properly before it went off. There were no injuries," he said, adding that the four were remanded until Aug 7.

Police are tracking down the last member of the gang.

Meanwhile, police arrested one more man over a case of a 31-year-old passenger in a car being hit in the forehead with a ball-bearing on Wednesday.

DCP Abdul Rahim said four men, including the owner of the homemade gun which fired the metal ball, were arrested.

"We believe they made the gun to fire on animals and was testing it when the incident occurred," he said.

The case is being investigated under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder as well as the Firearms Act.

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