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Man robs Yangon bank armed with gun and ‘dynamite’

A man stole 60 million kyat, roughly $41,000, from a branch of CB Bank in North Dagon on Friday morning after threatening staff with a gun and a bundle of apparently fake dynamite.

He raided the bank at around 8:40am as staff were preparing to open, said Yangon regional lawmaker Tin Tun Naing, who visited the scene later.

The robber pointed his gun at a security guard and left the dynamite on the counter before fleeing with 60 bundles of 10,000 kyat notes.

“One of our staff members gave him 1,000 kyat notes and he didn’t want them,” said Zeya Kyaw, CB Bank’s general manager.

Fifteen employees were inside the bank during the robbery but no one was hurt, he added.

Tin Tun Naing said there was no gunpowder in the dynamite-like sticks, which were attached to a mobile phone that looked as if it had been repurposed as a detonator.

Zeya Kyaw said it was unclear if more people were involved in the robbery. The man fled in a white Toyota Probox van, he added.

The bank phoned the North Dagon township police station, which is about 4.2km away, at 9.15am and police arrived five minutes later, an officer who declined to be named told Myanmar Now.

Police are yet to release any surveillance photos of the suspect.

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