Karachi: Rs2.5m robbed in 10-minute bank heist
Karachi: In the presence of hired security, five robbers made their way into a branch of a local bank on Rashid Minhas Road in broad daylight and got away with Rs2.5 million.
Police said the armed robbers riding a hi-roof van pulled up outside the Lal Flats branch of Habib Bank, and two of them entered the premises, telling the staff they were interested in opening an account.
The robbers were taken to branch manager Naseem’s office and were being briefed on the procedure for opening an account when they signalled to their accomplices.
The remaining robbers entered the bank and, after disarming the security guard, held bank staff and clients at gunpoint. Upon gaining access to the vault, they collected cash amounting to Rs2.5 million.
Before fleeing the scene of the crime, the robbers damaged CCTV cameras and seized footage of the incident. The branch manager said that the entire operation lasted between 10 and 15 minutes. The robbers were well-dressed and appeared to be middle-aged.
After the robbery, police teams, including personnel from the Special Investigation Unit (SIU), reached the scene of the crime and started gathering evidence. Bank manager Naseem lodged an FIR at the Sharea Faisal police station against unknown criminals.
In an unrelated incident, 35 armed men barged into the Salani Welfare Trust Farm House situated in Landhi’s cattle colony. The armed men took 15 workers hostage and stole 71 animals, Rs60,000 in cash and eight mobile phones. The incident took place in the Quaidabad police limits.