DHAKA, Bangladesh – Police Monday (January 27th) arrested 12 people, including the manager of Sonali Bank in Kishoreganj, in connection with the biggest bank robbery in the country's history, local media reported.
Authorities arrested two more in a separate raid Tuesday in which they recovered all but Tk. 2.1m ($27,200) of the Tk. 164m ($2.1m) stolen the day before, bdnews24.com reported.
Authorities also suspended eight policemen in charge of security at the bank branch, the Bangladesh Protidin reported.
The perpetrators dug an underground 30ft-long by 3ft-wide tunnel to reach the bank's vault. Law enforcement officials believe it took nearly six months to dig the tunnel and are investigating how it was done in a crowded area.
Deputy Inspector General of Police S.M. Mahfuzul Haque Nuruzzaman said police were determined to solve what he described as the "most stunning and daring bank heist," the Manab Zamin reported.