Bank robber dies in shootout with police in Budapest

Budapest, November 26 (MTI) – A bank robber died in a shootout with police in a southern Budapest street on Friday, Budapest police chief Tamas Toth said.

Another bank robber has been arrested and the members of a special squad are searching a nearby building in the 19th district for a possible third accomplice.

    Neither police officers, nor passers-by were injured in the shootout, Toth said.

    The men ran away with 2.5 million forints after robbing a bank in Ulloi Road but when a nearby police patrol tried to stop them they opened fire from an assault rifle. One of the robbers died when police shot back and the other gave himself up soon after, Toth said.

    Toth was unable to confirm whether there was a third robber but said that one of the witnesses reported there might have been one. This witness said that the third robber entered a nearby block of flats while fleeing. Toth said that members of a special anti-terrorist commando are now searching the area.

    Next to the body of the dead robber police found an AMD-65 assault rifle, previously in use by the Hungarian army.