Karachi: Bank robbed of Rs500,000 after another heist foiled
KARACHI: Armed bandits made one failed and one successful robbery bid on Friday. The first robbery bid, which was foiled by the police, took place at about 9:10am when two suspects entered the Muslim Commerical bank (MCB) branch near the old DC office. The bandits managed to snatch the security guard’s repeater, while two more entered the bank and started looting with the staff being held at gunpoint.
Station House Officer (SHO) Ijaz Lodhi of Taimuria said that a mobile unit was on routine patrol and saw three suspects wearing helmets and sitting on a motorcycle. On seeing the police, the suspects opened fire and the cops retaliated. The bandits inside the bank heard the gunshots and also rushed outside to shoot at the police.
The shootout resulted in two passersby suffering injuries; however, the police chased down the robbers and injured one of them during the encounter. The remaining suspects, however, took advantage of the busy area and made their escape.
SHO Lodhi said that the suspects had not robbed a single penny from the bank and also left behind the snatched repeaters of the guard. The police also seized the CCTV recording and are investigating the case.
Jackson bank heist
In another robbery attempt in the Jackson police limits on Friday afternoon, armed men looted Rs500,000.
SHO Faryad Ali said that the Meezan Bank branch in the Jungle Shah Goth area of Keamari was the target and the robbery took place at 3:45pm. .
Acting on the information, the police went to the bank and cordoned off the area to preserve evidence. During investigations, it was found that five armed men on motorcycles barged into the bank and snatched the weapons the guards.
SHO Ali said that the offence took only a minute and the suspects subsequently fled on their motorcycles. He added that the police captured the CCTV recording and called forensic experts to develop sketches of the suspects involved in the heist.