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Police in Hungary Hunt for Gunmen

May 10, 2002

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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) _ Police set up roadblocks and scoured the countryside from helicopters Friday, searching for two gunmen they said fatally shot six people and critically wounded two others while robbing a bank in one of the bloodiest crimes in Hungary’s recent history.

Two assailants opened fire during a raid Thursday on a branch of the Austrian Erste Bank in Mor, 45 miles southwest of the capital Budapest, police said.

``This is the most vicious crime I have witnessed in my 34 years as a policeman,″ said Chief of National Police Peter Orban, who announced a $37,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.

Police said the suspects were Robert Farkas, 24, of Budapest and Szilard Horvath, 28, of Nagykanizsa. Both men were already wanted by police for other robberies and Farkas was accused of attempted murder.

Before Thursday, three people had died during bank robberies in Hungary since 1977.

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