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Attempt to blow up an ATM in Bolderaja ends tragically

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Tuesday, 1 December, an explosion took place near railway lines in Bolderaja, Gaigalas Street. The explosion took place at roughly four o’clock in the morning. One man was killed and another was seriously injured in the blast. The 30-year-old man has been hospitalized. Police have yet to determine the identity of the man that died.

The tragedy took place when the two men in question tried to blow up an ATM device in Bolderaja, as confirmed by Chief of Latvian State Police Ints Kuzis and Chief of Criminal Police Andrejs Judins.

Considering the tense situation with terrorism threats in Europe, this incident attracted a lot of attention from authorities, including Omega Special Forces. Approximately half an hour after the incident, however, it was determined that it was not a terrorist attack.

According to police, there were two ATMs stationed at a supermarket on Sturmanu Street 29 before the blast. One of them was the target – the two men had planned to blow up the ATM to acquire money. Initial information stated that a hole was drilled in the ATM’s frame. Criminals did that in order to fill the ATM with gas and blow it up from the inside. It is likely that the explosion that killed one man and injured the other was the gas cylinder. The two men didn’t even manage to carry it close to their desired target.

Police continue their investigation. It is noted that similar crimes had taken place in Europe and Latvia in the past. Investigators will determine whether or not the two men responsible for the incident were involved in any other similar crimes.


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  1. But! says:

    Not at all tragically. One of criminals died, no innocent bystanders harmed.

    That’s a pretty positive case.

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