Woman steals over $1M from Afghan bank

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The Associated Press

KABUL – Officials say a young woman managed to steal $1.1 million from a major Afghan bank by transferring the money to relatives’ accounts. She then vanished, setting off an international hunt.

The alleged theft by the Azizi Bank employee highlights the deep corruption in Afghanistan’s banking sector, which already saw one leading institution unravel after revelations of massive fraud.

Investigators say at least 10 people aided the young woman, whom they identified only as Shogoofeh, in defrauding the bank.

Inayatullah Fazli, Azizi’s chief executive, says the money was stolen two months ago.

Shogoofeh is alleged to have then used fake documents under the name Samira to reach India; her current whereabouts are unknown.

Senior police official Gen. Aminullah Amarkhail says two suspects in the case have been detained in Dubai.

Organizations: The Associated Press, Azizi Bank

Geographic location: Afghanistan, India, Dubai

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