Libya gunmen steal $50 million
Libya gunmen stole a mix of foreign and local currency estimated to be $50 million from a bank van en route from Sirte's airport to the local bank branch (Ismail Zitouni/Reuters)
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Libya gunmen stole $50 million from a bank van on a highway east of Tripoli, according to the Associated Press.
The van was en route from Sirte's airport to the local bank branch when it was attacked by the ten gunmen.
Libya's state media LANA reported that the money was a mix of foreign currency, with $40 million of the stolen money in Libyan dinars and at least $12 million in other currencies. Security official Col. Khaled al-Akari reported to LANA that troops had closed the entries and exits of the city of Sirte to try to "apprehend the thieves."
Tuesday's heist emphasizes the chaos enveloping Libya since the oust of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The north african country lacks a centralized police force and army and often has to rely on local militias to maintain order in the country, despite the latter's conflicting political loyalties.