Bank robbed of Rs10 million in Azizabad
KARACHI: A gang of bandits took away Rs10 million from a bank branch in Azizabad on Saturday in what could be one of the biggest bank heists during the current year, police said. This was the third big robbery during this month. Robbers had walked off with Rs8 million meant for a bank in Shershah on March 6 and a day earlier a gang of 10 bandits got away with Rs4.5 million from a bank in Defence.
Azizabad police said a gang of six bandits, armed with pistols, looted Rs9,623,000 from the Meezan Bank at Hussainabad.
The police registered a case on the complaint of bank manager Asif Sami.
SP of Gulberg Town Saqib Memon told Dawn that the incident took place due to the negligence of the private security guard posted at the bank.
He said the guard let one of the dacoits in without conducting his search with the metal detector as per the routine practice. He said the other dacoits entered the bank when their accomplice inside the bank had swiftly overpowered the guard. He said one of the bank officials also set off the security alarm, but the security agency did not respond to it. The bank manager told the police that the dacoits looted Rs8,152,558 and $12,000 from the vault and Rs689,000 from the ATM machine.
The dacoits also took away the repeater gun of the security guard and the recording of the close-circuit TV. The police said that the culprits had come in a Cultus bearing a fake registration number. They said the bandits entered the bank at around 9.15am and remained there for 10 to 15 minutes.
While the police said they had no idea who could be behind the series of daredevil robberies, the intelligence sources did not rule out the possibility of the involvement of militants belonging to proscribed organizations.
An Al Qaeda-linked militant, Qasim Toori, who was arrested in February, has been charged with having been involved in a Saudabad bank robbery that left three men, including a police constable, dead.
According to the data made available to Dawn by police, at least 21 robberies took place in different parts of Karachi during 2007.
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