Ethiopian bank robbers get stuck in traffic


A lot of Ethiopian money in stacks AFP

Two would-be bank robbers almost had their escape scuppered by traffic in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.

The attempted bank heist happened late on Tuesday afternoon at the Bole branch of Abyssinia Bank.

Two of the alleged robbers – one of whom is reported to be a security guard – fled empty-handed, but police managed to apprehend the main suspects.

According to Aschalew Tamiru, the communications chief at the bank, they used a car to escape, which later collided with a vehicle belonging to Anteneh Redai.

“My friends and I tried to follow them but the car couldn’t go beyond 50 metres due to the crash it suffered,” Mr Anteneh told BBC Amharic over the phone.

“I saw them driving the car down the wrong lane. Because of the traffic jam, the driver jumped out of the car and started running. Another young man from the passenger seat followed the driver.

“Then the people around the area stated shouting and tried to stop them but one of the guys was holding a knife.”

Fassika Fenta, spokesman of the city’s police commission, told BBC Amharic that nearly 5m birr ($185,000; £136,000) was saved.

AFP

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.