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$1.2M highway robbery in Russia

MOSCOW — Police in central Russia were searching Sunday for suspects accused of stealing more than $1 million in cash in a highway robbery — one of the country’s biggest armed robberies in years.

Two bank employees told authorities that assailants with automatic rifles blocked their car Saturday on a highway in Tula province south of Moscow and stole about 43 million rubles ($1.2 million) in cash at gunpoint, police said.

The alleged victims said two of the seven attackers had posed as traffic police, provincial police spokesman Sergei Yelinsky told the state-run Vesti-24 television.

Police were searching six Russian provinces including the one surrounding Moscow, it said.

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