Rising ATM attacks 'threat to services'
Feb 24, 2013 (Gulf Daily News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
INCREASING attacks on ATMs could significantly affect the economy and drive customers away, according to a unionist.
Bankers Union chairman Khalil Zainal condemned the growing acts of vandalism targeting banks, saying it would eventually affect services.
It follows attacks on three ATM machines within the last week, which were all destroyed when homemade explosive devices detonated outside the facilities.
According to online reports yesterday, a homemade device exploded at an ATM near Adhari. Earlier in the day, thugs planted a bomb near an ATM belonging to National Bank of Bahrain in Sitra. No injuries were reported.
It was not the first time the bank was targeted, its machine in Sanad was damaged last Monday by a bomb blast. Witnesses said it was planted by a man dressed in an abaya (traditional woman's clothing).
Saboteurs also set off an explosive in front of the Credimax building in Seef on Thursday.
No one was injured in the incident which took place at around 7pm.
"This is unacceptable as targeting ATMs will affect banking services and cause problems for the public," said Mr Zainal.
"It certainly has a negative impact as some banks may even close their branches and staff will have problems.
"Then we also have the private companies responsible for refilling the ATM machines, who will not be able to do their job."
NBB officials could not be reached for a comment.
Bank ATM machines were targeted numerous times during the unrest.
Bahrain Association of Banks chief executive Robert Ainey had said the cost of damage includes the money in the ATMs as well.
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