Homemade Bomb Detonated In South Sulawesi ATM Booth

By webadmin on 12:28 pm Sep 20, 2012
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Makassar. A blast rocked a Bank Mandiri ATM booth in Makassar, South Sulawesi, during the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The explosion occurred at around 1:00 a.m. and left three glass panels of the booth shattered. It also blew a hole in the ceiling, said Luis, a resident who lives in a house just a few meters from the booth.

“It startled me just as I was just about to go to bed. The sound of the blast was so loud, like that of a bomb,” he said.

He added that as he looked outside toward the source of the blast, he saw thick smoke billowing out from the ATM booth.

“The glass was shattered [all over] the ground, then people started to come,” he said.

Luis mentioned that he also witnessed two men leave the area hastily on a motorcycle, but he couldn’t identify them or say whether they were linked to the blast. He is currently being questioned by the Makassar city police.

The police immediately cordoned off the area and the investigation is ongoing.

South Sulawesi Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Chevy Ahmad Sopari said that small, homemade bombs were used in the blast.

CCTV tape taken from the booth shows a man entering the ATM kiosk and leaving behind a bottle, believed to be a handmade bomb, Chevy said.

He added that the man lit the end of the bottle and then immediately ran away.