Wednesday, November 23, 2011

15 killed in bank robbery

A 12- man armed robbery gang has invaded Diamond Bank Plc along Oyemekun Road, Akure, the capital of Ondo State, killing no fewer than 15 customers of the bank.

LEADERSHIP also gathered that the robbers arrived the bank at about 1 PM yesterday afternoon and started shooting sporadically for about two hours in order to scare away security details and customers around the bank.

Information has it that it took the bandits quite some time before they could gain access into the bank as a result of a fierce confrontation with the men of the Ondo State police command who were passing around the area at the time of the incident. The gun battle lasted for about 25 minutes.

During the exchange, 15 customers of the bank were shot dead by the rampaging robbers, while the police was able to arrest three out of the 12 bandits.

It was unclear as at the time of filing this report if the fleeing members of the gang carted away any money from the bank.

Meanwhile, a police source told our correspondent that the 3 gang members that were arrested had been taken to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad Unit in Akure, while a manhunt for the remaining nine that escaped with various degrees of bullet wounds continues.


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