April 23, 2014

Afghan Central Bank Branch robbed in Nuristan province

By Sajad - Sat Nov 17 2012, 2:15 pm

Afghan local police officers in eastern Nuristan province of Afghanistan have robbed more than 10 million Afghanis from the Afghanistan Central Bank branch in Parun district, provincial governor Mohammad Tamim Nuristani said.

He said, the incident took place on Thursday night after three Afghan local police officers who were in charge of the security robbed the bank and took the money with them.

Mr. Nuristani said more than 10 million Afghanis were kept inside the bank and the exact amount of money robbed from the bank is unknown.

Afghan police officers have arrested two of the robbers and are looking to arrest the third individual involved in the incident, provincial governor Mohammad Tamim Nuristani said adding that a commission was formed to investigate the incident.

According to reports the police officers broke the locker where the money was kept and fled to Kantiwa district which is a relatively volatile region in Nuristan province.

Afghan police forces have also launched an operation in Kantiwa district and two other security guards along with some of the branch officials have been arrested in this regard, deputy Afghan interior ministry spokesman Mohammad Najeeb Danish said.

He said head of the treasury along with some other bank employees were arrested to investigate the incident where more than 13 million Afghanis were stolen.

This comes as former provincial governor Jamaluddin Badar and provincial security chief Shams-ur-Rahman Zahid were arrested regarding an incident where millions of Afghanis were missed.

In the meantime Nuristan is a volatile region in eastern Afghanistan which borders Pakistan where militants are actively operating in various districts.

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