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Police search for armed bank robber in northern Vietnam

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 16:03 GMT+7

A suspect is on the run after an alleged gunpoint robbery that took place at an Agribank transaction office in the northern province of Bac Giang on Friday.

The man broke into the bank office in the Dinh Ke Ward in the provincial capital of Bac Giang on the morning the same day and pulled out what appeared to be a gun to threaten employees there, according to Agribank staff’s account.

The suspect also showed the staff a plastic bag which he claimed to contain explosives, threatening them to give him money or he would detonate it.

The alleged robber eventually left the bank with an amount of cash estimated from VND700 million (US$30,800) to VND1 billion ($44,000) and has since remained at large.

There was no gun fire or any casualties in the robbery.

Local police are gathering witnesses’ accounts and checking CCTV footage to identify the suspect.

In November last year, an Agribank branch in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak was also targeted by an armed male robber who is still at large.

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