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Bangladesh bank chief to quit amid $100 mln hacking scandal

NEW DELHI – The head of Bangladesh’s central bank said Tuesday he would resign from his post, after hackers managed to divert $101 million from the country’s account with the Federal Reserve Bank in New York.

Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman told reporters he was ready to quit after spending seven years in the top bank post.

“If my resignation is better for the Bangladesh Bank, I have no hesitation,” he said, and that he waiting for the prime minister’s response.

The finance minister was expected to make a public statement later Tuesday. Last week he said Bangladesh was considering suing the U.S. bank over the loss of the funds, which are thought to have been transferred to the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

The New York Fed said it was working with Bangladesh Bank to resolve the case but saw no evidence its own systems were compromised.