Page last updated at 12:08 GMT, Saturday, 12 September 2009 13:08 UK

Irish police hunt for kidnap gang

The Bank of Ireland head office in Dublin
The woman worked for the Bank of Ireland

A search is continuing for a gang who forced a Bank of Ireland employee to hand over about 130,000 euro while her husband was being held hostage.

The woman was abducted at 0900 BST on Friday after she had dropped her child at a creche.

She was then forced to go to the Bank of Ireland in Coolock and collect the money.

Following instructions from the gang, she left the money in a gold coloured car, on Greenwood Avenue in Coolock.

Her husband was taken from their house in the Dun Emer estate, in Lusk, County Dublin, and driven away in a white van to Carraigmore Estate in Citywest, south west Dublin.

He managed to free himself five hours later.

The couple are said to be severely traumatised but otherwise unhurt.

Gardai and members of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation are investigating the incident.

They have appealed for anyone who may have noticed suspicious behaviour in the Dun Emer or Carraigmore estates on Friday to contact them.

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