24 January 2013

Mozambique: Raid On Central Maputo Bank

Maputo — Two armed men on Tuesday afternoon raided a central Maputo branch of the Nigerian United Bank for Africa (UBA) and stole the equivalent of over 100,000 US dollars.

According to a report in Thursday’s issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”, the robbery took place in broad daylight, at about 14.30, when the two thieves, pretending to be clients, entered the bank and claimed they wanted to open a foreign currency account.

One of the criminals asked the branch manager about the requirements for opening such an account – and then pulled out a pistol and demanded that the manager open the bank safe.

The spokesperson for the Maputo City Police Command, Arnaldo Chefo, told reporters that the thieves helped themselves to 2.8 million meticais, 4,800 euros and 14,300 South African rands. (At current exchange rates, this haul amounts to slightly more than 101,000 US dollars).

“The police will follow the clues that are available to neutralize the thieves and hold them accountable for their acts”, promised Chefo.

This is the second robbery at a Maputo branch of UBA in less then two years. In the first attack, in June 2011, a security guard and a client were shot dead. This time there are no reports of any fatalities or injuries.

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