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Buddhist monks in Brooklyn robbed at gunpoint after thieves break into temple

A trio of armed men forced their way into a Buddhist temple in Brooklyn Sunday afternoon and made off with handfuls of cash. 

Investigators on the scene after a robbery at a Brooklyn Buddhist temple.  (Peter Gerber/Fox News Digital )

The armed robbery took place at Watt Samakki-Dhammikaram at 26 Rugby Road in Flatbush around 2:30 p.m. 

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The robbers were reported to have broken into the Buddhist temple through the back.  (Peter Gerber/Fox News Digital )

The NYPD said four monks were inside the temple when the armed robbers broke into the back. At least one of the armed robbers pulled a gun on the monks, demanding they turn over money and property. 

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The Buddhist temple is located on 26 Rugby Rd in Brooklyn.  (Peter Gerber/Fox News Digital )

The trio, believed to be all men, fled on foot, northbound on Rugby Road. The suspects remain at large as of Sunday evening. 

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An NYPD officers on the scene after a robbery.  (Peter Gerber/Fox News Digital )

“The monks are so scared now, they are so frightened,” Kim Duong, 52, told The New York Daily News. “It’s lucky no one was hurt.” 

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