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Suited-booted gunman killed in botched armed robbery, partner flees

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KARACHI: A suited-booted road agent was shot dead in the middle of an armed robbery Friday outside a bank located on the city’s main artery Shahrah-e-Faisal Road, while his partner fled the scene with half of the loot.

According to Tipu Sultan Police Station’s Station House Officer (SHO) Uzma Khan, two armed robbers wearing business suits and neckties held up a citizen at gunpoint as soon as he exited a bank after drawing more than Rs500,000.

“As the citizen tried to resist the holdup, the bandits started shooting their handguns, injuring a security guard, Saleem Akhtar, who returned fire immediately,” the police said. A fierce gunfight ensued between the looters and the injured security guard that lasted for a while.”One of the muggers was fatally wounded in the shootout, whereas the other escaped,” the SHO said, adding that police were hot on the trail of the fleer.

According to police, the total looted amount was Rs540,000, while the robbery victim recovered Rs240,000 from the crime scene, which means the escaper got away with Rs300,000.

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