Libya’s state news agency says gunmen have
stolen $54m in an attack on a van carrying
foreign and local currency for the Libyan
central bank.
Ten men stopped the van as it entered the city of
Sirte from the airport. The cash delivery had been
flown 300 miles (500km) from the capital, Tripoli.
“The robbery is a catastrophe for the whole of Libya,”
Abdel-Fattah Mohammed, head of Sirte council, told
Reuters.
Libya has suffered continuing lawlessness since the
2011 civil war.
Guards ‘overpowered’
Libya’s government has been struggling to keep
control of a country full of armed militias, gangs and
radical Islamists.
Reports on Monday suggested that
only one security vehicle had been
assigned to protect the van.
Security guards “were unable to
resist the 10 attackers”, the Lana
news agency reported.
Some 53m Libyan dinars were
taken, along with another $12m in
US dollars and euros.
Two banks in Sirte were hit by robbers in July, a city
official told the AFP news agency.
The attackers made off with 500,000 Libyan dinars,
he said.
Sirte was the last bastion of support for Col
Muammar Gaddafi in the conflict that led to his
overthrow.
However the city has largely been spared the wave of
violence that has swept since then.
Libya robbery: Sirte gunmen snatch
$54m from bank van
Rebel fighters celebrate the fall of Sirte two years
ago. Lawlessness has been rife across Libya since
then.

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