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Six dead in Hungarian bank heist

MOR, Hungary -- Six people have been shot dead and two others are in a critical condition following a bank robbery in western Hungary.

A local police spokesman said two armed men aged in their 20s carried out the attack around midday (1000 GMT) on Thursday before escaping on foot.

"It was literally a slaughter, innocent bystanders were just executed," Tibor Csakany, a televison journalist, told Hungarian viewers.

"This is horrible," one local resident in her mid-40s said. "We've had bank robberies here before, but never any violence, never."

All roads around Mor were sealed as police, on foot and in helicopters, hunted for the gunmen.

The two critically injured have multiple gunshot wounds while a ninth victim is seriously injured.

The wounded were taken to hospital near Mor, a small former mining town some 60 km (37 miles) west of Budapest.

One of those critically wounded was flown to hospital in the capital.

A bank security expert told local radio that this kind of random crime was unprecedented in Hungary.

Hungarian media said the robbers began shooting as soon as they entered the local branch of Austrian-owned Erste Bank, killing staff and customers.

It was not immediately known if the robbers had escaped with any money from the bank.

"We don't know yet whether they got away with anything. We're progressing slowly so as not to disturb the evidence," county police spokeswoman Agnes Szabo told Reuters.


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