Official: Afghan central bank branch employees stole around $ 1 million

An Afghan central bank official says that around 76 million afghanis (more than $ 1 million) have been stolen by the staff members of one of the bank's branches.

Fazel Ahmad Azimi, the central bank director for Afghanistan's southern region, said on Saturday that at least three employees were involved in the robbery — including the director of the branch in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province.

After checking security camera footage, it was determined that the bank vault's door was opened using fake keys by the branch manager and two other staff members, Azimi added.

The robbery was discovered after a delegation from the central bank went there to transfer some of the funds. The suspected employees are believed to have fled to neighboring Pakistan, Azimi said.