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Vietnam police to suspend probe of bank robbery as suspect kills self

Sunday, October 01, 2017, 09:08 GMT+7

Police in the southern Vietnamese province of Vinh Long are likely to suspend an investigation into an armed bank heist earlier this week as the suspect has killed himself, officers said on Saturday.

On Friday morning, N.V.K., who worked for the armed forces, was found dead after an apparent suicide at his workplace.

The 42-year-old appeared to shoot himself with a K54 gun.

Vinh Long police confirmed on Saturday that K. was the suspect in the robbery at a Vietinbank branch in Long Ho District on Wednesday.

With the suspect having committed suicide, the probe into the case could be suspended, according to police officers.

Police said the K54 pistol found at the scene of the suicide was the same gun used in the robbery, in which a man, wearing a helmet and face cover while wielding an object that appeared to be a gun, charged into the bank and quickly left with his bag filled with more than VND200 million (US$8,724).

K. said in his suicide note that he had “conducted a bank robbery [to pay] huge debts from bank loans and a fuel firm.”

The stolen money has not been retrieved yet, according to Vinh Long police.

K.’s body has been transferred to his family for funeral rites.

Vinh Long police at first asserted that the suicide and the robbery were two separate incidents.

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