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Dutch and German police have broken up a criminal gang involved in making video tutorials on how to bomb cash machines after one of its members blew himself up in the process.

One suspect was killed and another was badly hurt in the Dutch city of Utrecht when a trial run went wrong at an illegal “training centre” for explosives attacks on ATMs, Europol said.

Police eventually made nine arrests during an 18-month operation targeting the gang, which the EU’s police agency said was linked to at least 15 bombings on ATMs in Germany that resulted in losses of €2.15m (£1.5m).

“The criminals were making video tutorials which were given in person to other criminals,” a Europol spokesperson said. “The main suspect, a 29-year-old, blew himself up when filming a tutorial video. His accomplice, a 24-year-old, was seriously injured and taken into custody.” The explosion happened in September 2020.

Submitted on 09/30/2021

Submitted by: Simon Crase

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Candi said:
Definitely Toss: Repeat
Sorry, Simon, we just received this one. Thanks for the great account, though, and submit again!

Bruce said:
Definitely Keep: For Darwin's Eyes
I'll allow this given the previous submission that we accepted only had a one line summary of what happened. This definitely provides a bit more detail. Thanks, Simon!

Tracy said:
Definitely Keep: For Darwin's Eyes
A lot more info on this story - thanks