ATM bomber blew himself up while filming explosion tutorial during test run
An ATM bomber is believed to have blown himself up while filming a tutorial video on explosives.
Dutch and German police arrested nine suspects during an 18-month investigation into the gang, which has been linked to at least 15 ATM attacks in Germany.
The criminal gang is thought to have cost millions of pounds worth of damage.
Gang members made videos showing fellow crooks how to bomb cash machines to make off with the money inside in future heists.
EU police agency Europol said one suspect was killed and another was seriously injured following an explosion during the dangerous lesson, Sky News reports.
The agency added: "The pair was ordering different models of ATMs and recording tutorials on how to most effectively blow them up."
Police in the German city of Osnabruck became suspicious when a 29-year-old Dutch man ordered several ATMs, claiming they were for an art project in the Netherlands.
It transpired that the criminal gang were using a warehouse as a makeshift training centre in the Dutch city of Utrecht.
The man and his accomplice were testing ways of blowing up to get the cash inside, but things did not end well for the criminal.
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The gang filmed their attempted explosion as a tutorial, according to the authorities.
The man was killed in September last year, while his 24-year-old would-be accomplice was injured and arrested.
Dutch police arrested three suspects on Tuesday and raided seven properties. They found equipment used for blowing up ATMs.
Six others allegedly involved in the gang have been arrested in the Netherlands over the last year.
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Osnabruck police chief Michael Massmann said: "The cross-border investigation worked brilliantly.
"This is a big blow against the international scene that's blowing up ATMs and their criminal activities.
"Thanks to our investigation, we managed to get at the people involved in the organisation and logistics for the first time.
"We're going to stay on the case and not let up."
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