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Burning Cars, Spilled Nails Await Armored-Car Driver

Robbers set a trap on a highway near Milan, Italy
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 2, 2020 1:50 PM CST
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In this photo released by the Italian Firefighters, firemen try to extinguish a dozen vehicles on fire on a highway near Milan, Italy, in the early hours of Wednesday, Jan. 29. 2020.   (Italian Firefighters via AP)
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(Newser) – In a bid to rob an armored vehicle, a gang of robbers set up barriers of burning vehicles and spilled nails on a highway near Milan but were foiled when the driver evaded their traps, according to news reports Wednesday, the AP reports. The assailants, believed to number about a dozen people, fled the scene. They remained at large following the attempted robbery on a major north-south highway late Tuesday night, the news agency La Presse reported. The assailants set a dozen vehicles on fire in both directions of the highway and rammed the armored vehicle with a tractor-trailer.

But the attempted robbery ultimately failed when the driver of the armored vehicle managed to pull into a rest area and a police patrol in the area intervened. Photos released by firefighters showed vehicles in flames on the darkened highway. Armed bandits made off with the equivalent of $5.5 million in a similar assault involving a burning barrier in 2014 along the same stretch of highway.

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