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Armed men rob Shs20m from bank agent

Three armed men reportedly broke into Arocha View Mobile Banking business premises and made-off with money kept in the safe. (FILE PHOTO)

KWANIA – Police in Kwania District are investigating circumstances under which gunmen robbed Shs20 million from a Centenary Bank agent in Aduku Town Council.

The District Police commander, Mr Geoffrey Bagonza, said the assailants accessed the banking room after cutting the window frame hinges.

“It’s true Shs20 million has been stolen from one of the banking agents of Centenary Bank. We are investigating the matter but surely some people will be arrested to help us with the investigation,” Mr Bagonza said in a telephone interview.

Witnesses told this website that three armed men broke into Arocha View Mobile Banking business premises and stole the money which was kept in the safe.

The witnesses said two gunmen were seen earlier on Wednesday night in front of the building. They said they also saw unidentified vehicle patrolling around the building before the incident happened.

There was no security personnel deployed to guard the facility. The witnesses said they mistook the gunmen as armed men deployed on that day to guard the banking facility, making them not to suspect anything.

The bank manager, Mr John Etin, said before the incident, a group of three unidentified men on Wednesday checked into Arocha View Hotel where the bank is operating in one premise and later disappeared without being traced.

The guests had booked the accommodation for three days.

“It is suspected that the thugs waited when the guesthouse occupants were dead asleep in the wee hours of the night when they broke into the bank room and stole the money before disappearing with the Shs20 million which was the day’s business transactions,” Mr Etin said.

In July, Sporadic gunfire rocked Igamba village in Iganga municipality as police pursued three suspected armed robbers who had reportedly robbed Shs95m from a warehouse along Kaliro Road in Iganga Town.

The thugs, armed with an AK47 assault rifle, are said to have first blocked a car belonging to the warehouse before robbing the occupants at gunpoint.

The occupants were all employees of the company who were taking the money to the bank.

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