Thieves seize €9 mil in attack on armoured vehicle outside central bank

The heavily armed attackers fled after attacking the security vehicle. (Twitter pic/InfosFrancaises)

LYON: Thieves made off with about €9 million in cash in the southeastern French city of Lyon on Friday in an armed attack on an armoured security vehicle, prosecutors said.

The vehicle was attacked by several armed individuals as it came out of a branch of the Bank of France in Lyon.

No one was wounded in the attack on the vehicle belonging to the Loomis security company “but the losses amount to €9 million”, prosecutors said in a statement to AFP.

“The perpetrators managed to immediately flee after committing the act.”

The theft is believed to be the biggest cash heist in France since notorious robber Toni Musulin made off with €11.6 million in 2009.