Rob­bers grab 70kg of gold in a dra­matic French heist

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Thieves held up a van trans­port­ing 70 kilo­grams (154 pounds) of gold in a dra­matic heist near the French city of Lyon yes­ter­day, po­lice sources said. Four rob­bers used two cars to block the van at a mo­tor­way exit lead­ing to an in­dus­trial es­tate north of Lyon, the sources said. Af­ter grab­bing the gold and load­ing it into their get­away car, they locked the two se­cu­rity guards in the back of their van. Be­fore mak­ing off, they set fire to their aban­doned ve­hi­cle. The fire gut­ted the car and spread to nearby ve­hi­cles but po­lice ar­rived on the scene be­fore it en­gulfed the van, free­ing the two guards who es­caped un­harmed, the in­ves­ti­ga­tors said. The rob­bery took place at an exit from the A6 mo­tor­way that con­nects the city with Paris. Po­lice were hunt­ing the as­sailants. France has ex­pe­ri­enced a growing num­ber of mo­tor­way hi­jack­ings in re­cent years.

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