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Armed gang held bank worker's wife

An armed gang has fled with hundreds of thousands of euros in cash after taking a bank worker's wife hostage in a tiger kidnap.

The three man gang took the woman from her home in Templeogue, west Dublin, at gunpoint in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Gardai said one of the gang carried a firearm and the woman's husband, an AIB employee, was ordered to carry out the theft. It is believed about 300,000 euro was stolen.

The money was taken from the AIB Clondalkin village and a drop-off arranged before the man's wife was freed hours later near a quarry in rural Wicklow.

She sought help from a local resident in Ballybrew, Enniskerry, after being freed by the gang.

The woman was driven from her home in a black 10-D registration Volkswagen Golf which detectives believe may have travelled on roads and motorways near both the Templeogue and Enniskerry areas throughout the morning.

It is understood the money was taken to a drop-off point in Clondalkin and that the gang may have been in the Corkagh Park area amid fears they were under surveillance.

Detectives were investigating whether the gang used a second car, a black Nissan Qashqai with a 08-D registration which may have been seen between between Templeogue, Corkagh Park and AIB Clondalkin from 7am.

Gardai said they were examining four scenes linked to the robbery and appealed for information about suspicious activity at the couple's home on Domville Drive, Templeogue from 10pm on Wednesday night or over the last few days.

They also asked for witnesses from the AIB in Clondalkin village who were there from 8am, the quarry in Ballybrew and unusual or suspicious activity at or around Corkagh Park in the Clondalkin area.

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