A man who was a member of a gang that made tutorial videos on how to bomb cash machines died following an explosion while videoing a tutorial.
Three suspects were injured following the explosion, which took place in the Dutch city of Utrecht during a trial run on explosive attacks on ATMs, according to Europol.
Over an 18-month operation that targeted the gang, police have made nine arrests. The gang has been linked to at least 15 ATM bombings across Germany resulting in losses of €2.15 million.
A Europol spokeswoman told AFP that “The criminals were making video tutorials which were given in-person to other criminals,”.
She added, “The main suspect, a 29-year-old, blew himself up when filming a tutorial video. His accomplice, a 24-year-old, was seriously injured and taken into custody,”.
Police began growing suspicious over ATM machine orders from a German company.
Following an investigation, police were led across the border to Utrecht in the Netherlands where the two suspects were allegedly running a training centre.
It’s understood that homemade explosive devices were used on the machines, which posed a serious risk for residents and bystanders.
Three people were arrested following raids in the areas around Utrecht, Amsterdam and The Hague on Tuesday.
These three suspects will be extradited to Germany while the remaining six were arrested in the Netherlands last year.
Europol stated that bomb attacks against ATMs were a “growing concern” in Europe.