Armed Customer In Lebanon Threatens Bank Workers Over Trapped Savings

An Armed Customer In Lebanon, Bassam al-Sheikh Hussein, held bank workers hostage and threatened to set himself on fire in Lebanon’s capital unless he got his savings that are trapped in the bank.

A security source who requested anonymity said “He had a pump-action and flammable material, and threatened employees to give him his savings.”

Lebanon’s National News Agency said, “Armed Customer In Lebanon threatened to set himself on fire and to kill everyone in the branch, pointing his weapon in the bank manager’s face.”

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According to an AFP report, the head of the bank employees’ syndicate, George al-Hajj, revealed that “This is not the first such case. Similar incidents keep happening.”

“We need a radical solution, depositors need their money, and unfortunately their anger explodes in the face of bank employees because they cannot reach the management,” he said.

Another security source said, “A man in his forties poured gasoline all over the bank, and closed the bank’s front door, holding employees hostage, while demanding savings worth more than $200,000.”

Further reports said the man stormed the bank with a gun, detained employees and clients at a bank in Hamra, threatening to kill everyone and to burn the place if they do not give him his own money

Analysts have linked this to the economic crisis allows people to take out a limited amount of cash from their accounts since Oct 2019.

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