France makes new arrests in €2 million German heist

French police investigating the armed robbery of over €2 million from a money transporter in Germany have arrested eight more people, sources close to the investigation said Wednesday.

France makes new arrests in €2 million German heist

The eight, detained on Tuesday and Wednesday, include the suspected brains of the operation, identified only as Gemal D., 58, who is known to police, the sources said.

Early in January, a team of five or more heavily armed people used explosives to attack an armoured money transporter in Sarrelouis in Germany close to the French border.

One of the transporter’s guards and a policeman were injured in the attack, which also involved gunfire.

The attackers fled in several vehicles and fired shots at German police during a car chase, a document seen by AFP said.

Gemal D. and three others were arrested in the southwestern region of Pyrenees-Orientales, and the others in northern France and the Paris region, they said. All were being questioned by anti-gang investigators.

One source said everybody connected to the robbery was now under arrest.

Ten other suspects have already been apprehended for their part in the heist.

Within hours of the attack, five suspects were arrested near Paris, including two well-known figures in the French gang underworld, a source said.

Abdelkrim Lho, 56, and Loic Deliere, 45, both have convictions for an attack on an armoured money transport in 2000 in which a guard was killed.

Five others, one of them a woman, were apprehended later in January and in February.

The robbers got away with €2.1 million, according to a German police estimate, of which 860,000 euros were recovered during the first waves of arrests.

The rest of the money is still missing.

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Spanish police say body in Pyrenees likely French murder suspect

Spanish police on Monday confirmed finding skeletal remains in the Pyrenees, saying that they probably belong to a French father suspected of killing two teachers in France eight months ago.

Spanish police say body in Pyrenees likely French murder suspect

The remains were found early Sunday in Pena Oroel in the foothills of the Pyrenees by a man who was out hunting, the Guardia Civil police said.

“In light of the belongings found next to the body, everything suggests it is likely to be the French national who has been missing since July 4,” it said.

“However, we must await final confirmation from DNA tests.”

A report in the Heraldo de Aragon newspaper said the hunter spotted a white crash helmet with a mobile phone, a charger and the body lying nearby.

On July 4, Aurelie Pardon, a 32-year-old French teacher, and 55-year-old sports teacher Gabriel Fourmigue were shot dead in the French village of Pouyastruc in the Pyrenees.

The suspect, Cedric Tauleygne, fled on a motorcycle that was later found on the Spanish side of the border. Tauleygne was the woman’s former partner.

They had two children together and were in the process of separating.