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Car Bandits Strike Again in Italy

December 10, 1999

ROME (AP) _ Six bandits robbed an armored van on Friday, the second such heist in southern Italy this week.

The ANSA news agency said the highway robbers made off with $630,000 after forcing the van to stop and then blowing open its safe with explosives.

The robbery took place on a road near Cosenza in southern Italy.

A similar assault on a pair of armored vehicles in the same region on Monday claimed the lives of three security guards. The bandits made off with $1 million. Investigators suspect the local mafia, the Sacred United Crown, was behind the heist.

The Sacred United Crown runs a lucrative business smuggling contraband cigarettes and would-be immigrants across the Adriatic.

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