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Bank robbed at gunpoint in Wihdat; JD76,000 in cash stolen

Authorities warn social media users against sympathising with bank robbers

By Rana Husseini - Jan 24,2018 - Last updated at Jan 24,2018

AMMAN — A local bank was robbed at gunpoint on Wednesday morning in Amman's Wihdat neighbourhood, Public Security Department (PSD) Spokesperson Lt. Col. Amer Sartawi said.

"No one was injured in the attack and we are currently searching for the suspect," Sartawi told The Jordan Times.

Societe Generale Bank Jordan issued a statement saying that their bank was robbed at gunpoint and that JD76,000 in cash was stolen, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

“No one was injured in the incident and the authorities were immediately notified about the incident," the bank statement said, adding that “clients need not worry about the incident since the money in the branch is insured”.

Video clips circulated on social media showed a man wearing a hoody and gloves and reportedly pointing a gun at two men behind a counter while filling a black bag with cash.

Meanwhile, the PSD issued a statement warning whom they called “social media sympathisers to bank robbers” to stop issuing posts on social media.

“What armed bank robbers are doing is dangerous to our community and people should stop expressing sympathy for these robbers,” the police statement said, adding that individuals who use social media for that purpose will be prosecuted.

“We urge the public and the media to help us do our job in finding the robber by refraining from publishing inaccurate information about the incident.  We will inform the public about any developments in due course,” the PSD statement said.

Wednesday's robbery is the second to be reported in the capital in the past two days.

 

On Monday, a local bank was robbed at gunpoint by a man who reportedly managed to escape with JD98,000 before being arrested by authorities almost 90 minutes later.

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HOW MANY OF THIS TYPE OF CRIME CAN HAPPEN IN A SPACE OF LESS THAN TWO WEEKS?.

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