German bank robbers go overboard on explosives

25th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Robbers in Germany appear to have misjudged the amount of explosives needed to rob a rural bank in a village called Malliss after the entire building was reduced to rubble, police said on Tuesday.

No one was hurt in the explosion overnight to Tuesday in the village near Schwerin in northern Germany but flying debris damaged nearby buildings and parked cars and 55 firemen were needed to make the area safe.

The discovery of a construction vehicle -- which was in flames -- nearby raised suspicions that the robbers wanted to make off with the bank's cash dispenser, reports said, but they were left empty handed.

"Preliminary investigations indicate that no cash was taken," police said in a statement. The building also contained other shops and the road next to the site had to be closed for several hours.

© 2010 AFP

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