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Woman threatens to blow up bank wearing fake explosive vest; she works there

Reports say 31-year-old suspect, now in custody, is an employee of the Haifa bank she was trying to rob

Police secure the area near a bank in Haifa where a woman threatened to detonate an explosive vest, on September 2, 2021. (Screenshot/Twitter)
Police secure the area near a bank in Haifa where a woman threatened to detonate an explosive vest, on September 2, 2021. (Screenshot/Twitter)

A woman was arrested in Haifa on Thursday after she threatened to blow up a bank she reportedly works in, wearing a fake explosive vest attached to a cellphone.

The 31-year-old employee, who according to Hebrew media didn’t show up for work in the morning, arrived in the afternoon, went to the manager’s room and shouted threats at him.

Some reports said she had attempted to rob the bank, saying she would blow it up if she didn’t get the money.

The manager was able to take the device from her, and the woman was arrested and taken for questioning.

Large police forces were called to the scene and several streets were blocked off in Haifa’s Hadar neighborhood as officials feared the bomb she carried could be real.

After more than an hour, police sappers determined that the explosive belt was fake.

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