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ATM damaged by homemade bombs at New Zealand mall

06 Aug 2020, 19:51 GMT+10

WELLINGTON, Aug.6 (Xinhua) -- Two people tried to blast open an ATM at a New Zealand shopping mall on Thursday morning using homemade bombs, according to local police.

Several homemade explosive devices were found outside the Chartwell Shopping Center in Hamilton, including two that appeared to have exploded, they said, adding that the ATM was slightly damaged but nobody was injured.

The ATM stood at an exterior wall of the shopping center and belonged to an ANZ bank branch, according to local media.

The mall and some nearby streets were closed while authorities searched the area to ensure it was safe. A military bomb disposal team was called to the site to dispose of the unexploded bombs.

Police initially declined to say what the devices were made from or if any money had been stolen, adding that they would release more details later in the day, according to local media.

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