ATM bomber sets off with loot

First theft of kind in Thailand, police say

An explosive ordnance disposal officer examines the wreckage of a Bangkok Bank ATM machine on Soi Krungthep Kreetha 35 in Bangkok's Saphan Sung district after it was blown up by a bomb detonated by a lone robber who fled with more than 300,000 baht in cash. Patipat Janthong

A "powerful" C-4 bomb terrified residents in east Bangkok early yesterday as a lone robber took just five minutes to blast open a Bangkok Bank ATM machine before fleeing on a motorbike with 314,000 baht in cash, in what police said was the first such theft of its kind.

"This is the first time a bomb has been used in an ATM heist in Thailand," Metropolitan Po­lice Bureau (MPB) commissioner Sanit Mahathavorn said.

The blast took place at 3.20am in front of a Tesco Lotus Express store in Soi Krungthep Kreetha 35 in Saphan Sung district, police said.

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