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Two men remanded over armed robbery, police seeking third suspect (updated)

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Two men arrested following an armed robbery attempt in Nicosia on Monday were remanded for eight days on Tuesday, while police continued a search for a third suspect.

Three men robbed a security van outside a bakery in Ayios Dhometios in Nicosia and fled with €50,000. Two were later nabbed in a taxi and the money recovered but the third man got away.

On Tuesday, authorities stepped up their efforts to find Elochukwu Azubuike, 33, and a police helicopter is assisting in the mission.

The two others, 26 and 31, appeared in Nicosia District Court on Tuesday, where they were remanded in custody for eight days.

Police chief Kypros Michaelides weighed in on the incident to congratulate the emergency response unit (Mmad) officers for their attention and speedy apprehension of the suspects.

The three suspects, all foreign nationals, escaped in a getaway car with a fake licence plate from Nicosia. They then transferred to a taxi heading towards Paphos. Two were arrested on their way.

According to reports, at approximately 2pm three individuals, one carrying a meat cleaver, assaulted a security van driver as he came out of a bakery, carrying the takings.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Nicosia police on 22 802222, the nearest police station or the citizen contact line at 1460.

Elochukwu Azubuike

Anyone with relevant information is asked to contact the Nicosia police department at 22802222, the nearest police station or the citizen contact line at 1460.

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