Police swoop on gang suspected of blowing up cash machines in southern Spain

TOOLS OF THE TRADE: The suits and tools used by the raiders.

A GANG suspected of robbing banks in Malaga, Sevilla, Cadiz and Jaen by using flammable gas to blow up cash machines has been busted in a joint operation between the Guardia Civil and Spanish National Police.

Six arrests have been made, and investigators have revealed that members wore special suits to avoid being identified as they stuffed the machines full of explosive acetylene gas.

This was injected through rubber tubes before being detonated via cables connected to a car battery.

After the explosion, tools including clubs, axes, chisels and screwdrivers were used to access the cash before the thieves made their getaway in rental cars obtained using fake documents.

The mostly South American gang is thought to have been responsible for at least eight robberies, including a recent heist in Antequera.

This is the third such criminal group operating in Malaga to have been brought down in recent months, following the arrest of two British men in November 2016 and a second round of raids at the end of January.

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