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Bank looted in Pulwama by suspected militants

Unidentified gunmen targeted a branch of the state-run Jammu and Kashmir Bank at Arihal in south Kashmir’s Pulwama on Thursday and robbed more than Rs. 8 lakh. The attackers reportedly fired shots while leaving the branch.

The gunmen fired five to six rounds before escaping from the spot, he said, adding, bank officials were counting the cash to determine the amount of money the gunmen have taken.

A police official said a team of security forces has been dispatched to the area to ascertain the details of the bank robbery.

Preliminary estimates have revealed that the gunmen managed to take away nearly Rs. 10 lakh from the bank, he said.

A similar attempt was foiled when gunmen tried to loot money at the Poshkar branch of Jammu and Kashmir Bank in Budgam district.

Earlier last month, robbers looted over Rs. 34 lakh from  branch in Sarthal area and also made a vain attempt in another branch of the Bank at Nawapachi area of the district overnight.

On November 21, a group of the Lashkar-e-Toiba’s (LeT) robbed the J&K Bank’s Malpora branch in central Kashmir’s Budgam district of Rs. 14 lakh.

The police had related the robbery with demonetisation move, claiming militant outfits were facing notes crunch.

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