Armed robbery at Euro parliament during summit

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Two robbers staged an armed raid on Friday at the European Parliament post office in Brussels -- just hundreds of metres from a summit gathering Europe's top leaders at a summit.

"Early this afternoon, there was a hold-up at the European parliament's post office by two people who managed to escape the premises," a spokesman for the legislature told AFP.

"Police have opened an investigation," he said.

Police and prosecutors could not be contacted immediately.

A group of British Conservative MEPs said on Twitter it was "the third time in two years" the parliament had been hit in this way, labelling its security "farcical."

The area around the European Union institutions was under heavy security since early morning as British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were joined by their partners in the 27-state bloc for wideranging talks.

© 2011 AFP

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