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Bank Robbery in Ruma, Thanchi: Banking activities in Bandarban suspended

Bank Robbery in Ruma, Thanchi: Banking activities in Bandarban suspended

Staff Correspondent

The authorities concerned have announced the closure of banking activities in all branches of private and state-run banks throughout the entire Bandarban district, except for Sadar Upazila, following the bank robberies in Ruma and Thanchi.

While talking to the Daily Sun, Osman Ghani, deputy general manager of Sonali Bank (Principal branch) Bandarban, said, “We have closed all banking activities of our total six branches in the area except for the Sadar branch. And, we will immediately resume activities after ensuring adequate security measures.”

Two branches of Sonali Bank and Krishi Bank were attacked in Thanchi of Bandarban today hours after the armed robbers targeted Sonali Bank's Ruma branch.

The incident took place around 12:30 pm, Md Jasim Uddin, officer-in-charge of Thanchi Police Station said but he failed to disclose how much money was looted.

Besides, Thanchi Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Mohammad Mamun told the local newsmen that the robbers entered Sonali Bank and Krishi Bank branches around 12:30 pm and looted cash from the vaults.

After entering the banks, the robbers seized weapons from the security guards and destroyed all CCTV cameras to eliminate evidence before fleeing the scene, according to the eyewitnesses.

The armed gang also fired several rounds of bullets inside the banks and in and around the area to ensure their safe escape.

 

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