Thieves steal NID 1bn in Baghdad

10 December 2003
Police in Baghdad on 10 December announced that robbers had stolen about $500,000 during a raid on a bank in a northern part of the city. 'Thieves managed to get hold of one NID 1,000 million ($500,000) on Tuesday [10 December] from a bank in Kadimiyah because the policemen, who are supposed to guard it, were not there and left the entrance without protection,' local police spokesman Ahmad Ibrahim told Iraqi television. Ibrahim added that the security guards should have been able to stop the robbery. 'We will take sanctions against these policemen and we have some information to help find the robbers and bring them to justice,' he said.

US soldiers on 30 November killed at least 54 Iraqis in a gun battle in the city of Samarra during an attempted banknote robbery. The attack happened when the money was being delivered to banks in central Samarra (MEED 1:12:03).

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