There was major damage to the building. The residents of the apartments above had to be evacuated.
The explosion happened shortly before 4 a.m., according to the Baselbieter police. Two ATMs of the Basellandschaftliche Kantonalbank on the main street are affected. It is unclear how much money the perpetrators stole.
According to the announcement, no one was injured. However, there was significant damage to the building. The residents of the apartments above the bank were evacuated. The affected main road and tram traffic were temporarily closed.
The suspected perpetrators are being sought. An ATM had already been blown up in Aesch in March 2021. The authorities in Basel and the Federal Office of Police (Fedpol) have started investigations. Witnesses are being sought.
The latest incident joins a multitude of cases. Since the beginning of the year, at least 42 ATMs in Switzerland have been blown up or broken into. The authorities have noticed an increase in such crimes since 2019. The Federal Office of Police (Fedpol) sees possible reasons for this in the small area and the dense ATM network in Switzerland.