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Armed robbers escape after bank heist

Three armed men are on the run after attempting to rob a bank in western Sweden, with police believing they may have escaped into Norway.

Armed robbers escape after bank heist

The men had tried to rob a bank in Töcksfors just after 8.30am on Tuesday, and eyewitnesses saw the trio escaping with blue bags, guns, and one female member of staff.

The woman was however released immediately after they had made their getaway.

The deputy CEO of the bank is yet to comment on how much money they took, or indeed if they managed to get away with any loot at all.

“The crime is currently being labelled as preparation for bank robbery,” said Per Ström of the Värmland police to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Ten police patrols and a police helicopter are currently searching for the trio, who are believed to be driving a blue Volvo after having torched the white Volvo in which they had fled the scene.

The getaway vehicle was found just under two kilometres from the Norwegian border, burnt out.

“We believe they changed to a blue Volvo V70, which we are currently searching for,” said Leif Hultman of the Värmland police to the paper.

Police have alerted Norwegian authorities of the escapees, and are currently interviewing witnesses and bank staff, none of whom is injured.

It is believed that the men were armed with AK4 automatic weapons.

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Police to investigate Nordea bank over money laundering

Danish police will investigate the Swedish bank Nordea after a year-long probe by regulators into money laundering led to "criticism" of its procedures, the bank said Friday.

Police to investigate Nordea bank over money laundering
Photo: Marcus Ericsson / TT

Detectives will examine how money laundering rules were followed at the bank's Danish subsidiary and could result in “sanctions”, Nordea said in a statement.

“We realize that we initially underestimated the complexity and the time it takes to change our procedures,” said Nordea chief executive Casper von Koskull.

The bank added that 850 Nordea employees are currently involved in the fight against money laundering which the bank plans to increase to 1,150 by the end of the year.

In May 2015 the bank was fined 50 million kronor (€5.4 million euros) – the maximum possible – by Swedish regulators who accused Nordea of “not following money laundering rules for several years” and failing to “evaluate the risks of (doing business with) certain clients”.