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An individual armed with a hand grenade has robbed Rs.797,000 from a private bank in Dambulla this morning.

Police said the suspect had also kidnapped an employee of the bank during the robbery and escaped in a three-wheeler. However, the employee had been released later.

Police also stated that the suspect had traveled in the three-wheeler for some 4km from the bank before sending the three-wheeler and the bank staffer back. He had then got on a bus traveling towards Anuradhapura. Dambulla Police are conducting investigations to arrest him.