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Co-op robbed in Yermasoyia (Updated)

A cooperative bank was robbed on Wednesday morning by two armed robbers in Limassol.

According to police, the individuals had their faces covered and smashed a glass side door before barging into the Yermasoyia co-op at around 10am.

Nine people were inside the branch, five of which were customers and one small child.

Threatening with a sawn-off shotgun, one of the robbers, with a Cypriot accent told everyone to fall to the ground.

They grabbed a sum of money – which has yet to be disclosed – and ran off.

Limassol CID chief Ioannis Soteriades said they had parked their white Toyota vitz outside the branch and used it to escape. The number plates are believed to have been changed.

Police are currently on the hunt for the two suspects with patrols and a helicopter scouring the area.

Officers obtained evidence from the scene and CCTV footage currently being analysed to try and identify or help with locating the suspects.

Co-op banks have been a popular target for robberies this year.

On November 28, a branch in Peyia, Paphos was robbed while earlier this month, four people unsuccessfully tried to rob a co-op in Pareklissia, Limassol.

On August 16 a co-op bank in Ayios Athanasios was robbed following a robbery at the Limassol village of Pyrgos on August 2, and one in Timi, Paphos, on August 7.

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