Police in Kampala are investigating an attempted robbery at dfcu bank- Bwaise branch along Appolo Kaggwa road.
Authorities say four unidentified men armed with an AK47 rifle stormed the bank around 7pm on Monday evening as it was closing.
They reportedly ordered the three bank employees who were winding up the day's business to lead them to the safe where cash is kept. They assaulted the trio demanding for the keys to the safe in vain.
In their statement to police, two of the employees, say the thugs raped their female colleague to compel her to surrender the key.
After failing to compel the employees to handover the key, the thugs reportedly tried to cut the safe without success. They left the bank around 10.20pm. Before leaving the bank, the thugs stormed the CCTV control room and disconnected the cameras. They reportedly made off with the monitor and Central Processing Unit (CPU) used to store CCTV footage.
Outside the bank, the robbers hijacked a Vitz belonging to one of the employees that was parked at the entrance.
Police say they abandoned the vehicle in Busega and vanished. Police suspect that two security guards attached to Securex Security Company deployed to guard the bank were part of the robbery plan.
The two guards who Securex has only identified as Francis E. and Alfred K. are said to be on the run after dumping their guns outside the Bank.
Mr Luke Owoyesigyire, the deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, said they have already began investigations as well as tracing for the security guards.
“The information we are getting is that they tried all they can to get access to the safe but they failed. The hunt is on and were able to establish that one vehicle registration UAX 992N was stolen and abandoned in Busega but investigations are ongoing,” Mr Owoyesigyire said.
The employee who was reportedly raped has since been admitted at Norvik Hospital on Buganda Road in Kampala and vaginal samples taken.
dfcu bank reaction
In a statement, dfcu bank managers Tuesday said the affected staff are currently receiving medical attention and counselling and that as a result of the attempted robbery, they are reviewing the security measures in place to further enhance the safety and security of their staff.
“Several armed men ambushed our staff as they were closing up to leave the branch after work. Unfortunately, during the attack, some of our employees were physically assaulted. We are doing everything to ensure they get back to their feet as quickly as possible. In addition to reporting the attempted robbery to the police and supporting with the investigations, we are reviewing the security measures in place to further enhance the safety and security of our people,” reads part of the statement.
The Bwaise branch remained closed Tuesday as investigations continue.
“In the meantime, customers are being served at the Makerere and Kawempe branches which are the closest in proximity,” the statement shared on their social media platforms further reads.