AMRITSAR INDIA: March 17, Reuter Gunmen opened fire killing five bank employs during a robbery in the north Indian state of Punjab on Thursday, police said.

Three gunmen burst into the Punjab National Bank branch in Dulka village in Amritsar district and demanded that staff hand over keys to safe.

When they refused, the gunmen opened fire killing the bank manager and four other workers before fleeing with 47,000 rupees (3,600) in a truck.

Police in Amritsar said this was the first bank robbery this year.

Police also said two Hindus and a Sikh were killed in other incidents of violence in the district on Wednesday night.

More than 360 people have died in Punjab so far this year in violence triggered by fighting for a separate state called Khalistan.

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