Seven million dollar Iraq bank heist leaves eight dead
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Eight security guards were tied up, gagged, and killed when armed robbers held up the Rafidain bank in Karradah district of Baghdad, Baghdad bureau de change, and made off with 8.5ع.د billion (US$7 million).
The robbery occured about 4 a.m. Tuesday morning. Five of the guards were off duty and may have been on break or asleep, and only three were actively on duty at the time of the break in.
"I have never seen such a brutal crime. Now robberies have become like foreign movies - they steal and kill and disappear," said a bank employee.
It is not certain at this time if the robbers were funding terrorist causes from the proceeds of the bank robbery.
"While I cannot confirm that the attacks were terrorist related, it does fit past trends of terrorist groups in Iraq of financing their operations through crimes — like kidnappings for ransom, robberies and black marketeering," reported U.S. Army spokesman Maj. David Shoupe.
- Anne Barker. "Guards killed in $8m Iraq heist" — , July 28, 2009
- "Baghdad bank robbers kill eight" — , July 28, 2009
- Associated Press. "8 Killed in $7M Baghdad Bank Robbery" — , July 28, 2009