12/13/2018 10:47 EST | Updated 12/13/2018 15:02 EST

Edmonton Bank Explosion Injures Security Guards

Guards had confronted an armed robber, police say.

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A view of Edmonton Police Service logo in Edmonton's downtown, Sept. 11, 2018.

EDMONTON — Two security guards have been injured in an explosion that occurred during an overnight armed holdup at a Scotiabank branch in northeast Edmonton.

Police at the scene say the guards — a male and a female believed to be employed by GardaWorld — suffered significant head and facial injuries in the blast that occurred around 2 a.m.

They also say the guards were involved in some sort of confrontation with a male armed with a gun, who got away with a bag of money and is still being sought.

Karan Singh, a clerk at a convenience store across the street, told CTV Edmonton he was in a back room when he heard what sounded like a bomb blast.

Singh says he heard two explosions and when he came out to see what was happening, a customer told him that he had heard people screaming down the street.

Early morning commuters were being asked to avoid the area near the scene while police investigated.

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