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Jeweller's looted in N'ganj

16 hurt as fleeing robbers blast cocktails

Armed robbers looted gold ornaments worth around Tk 1 crore from a jeweller's in the city's Tanbazar yesterday.

At least 16 people were injured when the robbers blasted around a dozen hand-bombs to make their escape.

Four masked men burst into Reefat Jewellers at Selim Market around 7:00pm. Holding employees and buyers at gunpoint, they smashed showcases and made off with the ornaments. It all took them only a few minutes, said Billal Hossain, an employee of the shop.

Of the injured, two were admitted to Narayanganj General Hospital, while the rest were given first aid treatment.

Monjur Kader, officer-in-charge of Narayanganj Model Police Station, told The Daily Star around 1:30am today that a case had been filed against some unnamed people over the robbery.

According to the case statement, the robbers had taken away around 250 tolas of gold (86 tolas = 1 kg) worth around Tk 1 crore.

Meanwhile, the district's jewellery shop owners began an indefinite strike yesterday in protest at the heist.

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