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Police thwart bank robbery in Sharm El-Sheikh

Security forces foil yet another attempted armed robbery at Credit Agricole branch in Sharm El-Sheikh's upscale Naema Bay area

Ahram Online, Wednesday 8 Feb 2012
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Egyptian security forces on Wednesday thwarted an attempted armed robbery at the Sharm El-Sheikh branch of French bank Credit Agricole, Al-Ahram reported on Wednesday.

Five masked gunmen who arrived in a pickup truck reportedly attempted to rob the bank, located in Sharm's upscale Naema Bay area.

The officer responsible for securing the area reportedly exchanged fire with the assailants, injuring two of them. After shooting the officer in the foot, the assailants – whose identities remain unknown – fled the scene.

The incident represents the latest in a series of recent armed robberies at banks in Egypt.

On Tuesday, security guards at a branch of the HSBC-Egypt bank in 6 October City on the outskirts of Cairo also managed to foil an attempted armed robbery.

Last week, seven gunmen stormed an HSBC-Egypt branch in New Cairo, from which they seized an estimated $150,000 in cash. 

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