Armed Robbers Lay Four Hour Siege On Ugandan Bank, Rape Employee

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Police are investigating an attempted robbery at dfcu bank, Bwaise branch along Apollo Kaggwa road in Kampala. According to police, four unidentified men armed with an AK-47 rifle stormed the bank premises at around 7pm on Monday evening as the bank was closing.

They reportedly ordered the three bank employees who were winding up the day’s business to lead them to the safe where cash is kept. They assaulted the trio, demanding for the keys of the safe in vain. In their statement to police, two of the employees, say the thugs raped one of their female colleague to compel her to surrender the key in vain.

After failing to compel the employees to handover the key, the thugs reportedly tried to cut the safe without success. They left the bank around 10:20pm. Before leaving the bank, the thugs stormed the CCTV control room and disconnected the cameras. They made off with the monitor and central processing unit (CPU) used to store CCTV footage.

DFCU in an emailed statement said it was reviewing security measures at the facility.

“In addition to reporting the attempted robbery to the police and supporting with the investigations, we are reviewing the security measures in place to enhance the safety and security of our people,” the statement read in part.

Once outside the bank, the robbers stole a Vitz vehicle, registration number UAX 992N belonging to one of the employees that was parked at the entrance. They dumped the vehicle in Busega and vanished. Preliminary police findings indicate that two security guards attached to Securex Security Company deployed to guard the bank were part of the attempted heist.

The two guards, who Securex has only identified as Francis E. and Alfred K. are currently on the run after dumping their guns outside the bank. Luke Owoyesigyire, the deputy Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson said they have already began investigations as well as tracing for the security guards.

The employee who was raped has since been admitted at Norvik hospital on Buganda Road in Kampala and vaginal samples taken.

Source: East Africa Daily and News Agencies 

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