April 11, 2008 / 10:45 AM / 11 years ago

Myanmar robbers kill one in rare bank heist

YANGON, April 11 (Reuters) - Knife-wielding robbers killed a bank employee during a holdup at a state-owned bank in Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, police said on Friday.

Two other bank employees were wounded in the attempted robbery at a branch of the Myanmar Economic Bank by two unknown men on Tuesday night.

"Bank supervisor Sein Shwe Maung, 54, was killed while manager Khin Aye and cashier Aye Kyaing were wounded when the robbers attacked them with knives," said a police official, adding the thieves fled empty-handed.

"The investigation is still going on and we are not in a position to give you further information," said the official, who declined to be named.

Official media has not reported the botched bank heist.

Bank robberies are rare in army-ruled Myanmar, although petty crime caused by more than four decades of economic hardship is on the rise.

Police are still hunting for the gunmen who killed five people in March in a high-security Yangon suburb, near where democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi lives under house arrest. (Reporting by Aung Hla Tun; Writing by Darren Schuettler; Editing by Jerry Norton)

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