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Thursday, September 20, 2012
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Armed men robbed a bank of Rs1.84 million in the Nazimabad area in broad daylight on Wednesday, and fled on the motorcycle of a staffer.

 

According to SDPO Rustam Khan Khattak of Nazimabad Division, three armed robbers carrying small weapons barged into Bank Al-Islami situated in Nazimabad No-3 in the afternoon. They first snatched repeaters from the two guards deputed there and entered the bank where they took the staffers and the clients hostage at gunpoint.

 

The robbers wearing pant-shirt then pointed the gun towards the cashier and took him to the storm room from where they collected the cash and stuffed Rs1.84 million in the bag.

 

SDPO Khattak said that the distance from the cash counter to the strong room was about 20 to 25 footsteps and there were four security alarms amidst the seating arrangement of staffers but none of the staff pressed the alarm to inform the police.

 

After collecting the cash the robbers pointed pistol on another employee and asked for his motorcycle as they had come to the bank by foot. They took the employee outside the bank unarmed and again interestingly a police van was present near Anu Bahi Park but none of the bank staffers signalled the police about the fleeing suspects.

 

Following receipt of information, the police reached the scene and inspected the security room and detained the guards who told the police that they were not trained to operate the weapons given to them.

 

The CCTV system was also not working for the past few weeks. SDPO Khattak said that the robbery was a result of a complete failure on the part of the bank staff and security men.