TRIPOLI: A group of ten gunmen attacked a central bank van in Libya's western city of Sirte and fled with around US $55 million or 53 million Libyan dinars.
According to a Libyan news agency report, citing a source from the Central Bank of Libya, ten gunmen armed with light and medium weapons intercepted the van carrying the money at a crossroads in the western region near the airport.
The local branch of Central Bank of Libya in Sirte said "the van was transporting 53 Million Libyan dinars or around US $43.1 million and around $12 million foreign currencies in euros and dollars."
The money was first taken from the Libyan capital of Tripoli to Sirte by plane and then was loaded on the van in a special container, one of the security staff who escorted the transfer was quoted as saying.
He said the gunmen arrived at the spot by two cars and assaulted the van, stealing the money.
Investigations are on in Sirte to arrest the assailants. (QNA)