Car Bandits Strike Again in Italy
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.