West African central bank suffers armed robbery

IVORY COAST - Armed robbers have raided the high-security central bank of Western Africa in Ivory Coast and stolen 2.6bn CFA francs ($3.8m).

The Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO), in Abidjan's busy business district, was robbed at around midday on Tuesday by men wearing suits.

Press reports claim it was an inside job organised by a security guard who allowed the robbers to drive into the grounds of the bank.

Police chief Desire Adjoussou said the country's borders were being sealed-o

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