Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Report: Gunmen take $240,000 cash in attack on Iraqi army transport

Above: Marines carry boxes of money at Camp Ramadi on May 8 as part of a transport to the Rafadan Bank in Ramadi

Karbala, May 30, (VOI)- Unidentified gunmen seized on Wednesday morning 350 million dinars (nearly $240,000), salaries of an Iraqi army unit, southwest of Karbala in an ambush prepared for army accountants along with their escorts , an official source in Karbala province said.

“Unknown armed men in three civilian cars managed to capture salaries of an Iraqi army unit, 350 million Iraqi dinars, in an ambushed prepared for two army vehicles,” the source, who asked not to be named, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).

“The gunmen stopped the two vehicles, which were carrying six officers, from a military unit in al-Nasr neighborhood, southwest of Karbala, disarmed them, confiscated the money and fled to unknown place,” the source explained.

“The police arrested the six officers and started an investigation on the incident,” he noted, adding no further details.

Karbala is located about 108 km southwest of Baghdad. It is the second Shiite city after Najaf. It hosts the Shrine of the third Shiite Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Muhammed, and that of his brother Abbas.

From VOI

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