Would-be robbers blow up German bank

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Two men blew up a bank in southern Germany in the early hours of Wednesday morning in an attempt to rob it but apparently failed to make off with any cash, authorities said.

"Residents of a building in Poernbach in Upper Bavaria awoke overnight to a loud bang and saw two men running from the bank, which was completely destroyed," state police said in a statement.

The witnesses saw the suspects hop into a getaway car and race off. Police said they had no trace of them as yet. There were no reports of any injuries.

Investigators found traces of three separate blasts in the bank's branch office, which incurred up to 200,000 euros ($282,000) in damage.

"However, based on the information we have gathered, the perpetrators were unable to secure any loot as the cash machine was heavily damaged but the cash box was still intact," the statement said.

Police blocked off the road in front of the bank for more than six hours after the explosions, which broke several windows in the vicinity.

© 2011 AFP

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