Suspected bank robber rescued from tunnel near Vatican

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An Italian man has been rescued from a collapsed tunnel near the Vatican and police suspect he could have been burrowing his way into a bank.

He is now recovering in hospital after firefighters spent eight hours digging him out from under a road.

But he may now need to dig himself out of further trouble, as police have arrested him and a second man for “resisting a public official”.

Police believe he may have been part of a gang attempting to break into a bank.

“We are still investigating, we do not exclude that they are thieves, it is one of the theories,” a police spokesman told the AFP news agency.

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The pair were also detained for damaging public property.

Local media believe the motive to be clear, noting that the tunnel was found near a bank shortly before the 15 August long weekend, when much of the city empties.

“The hole gang,” read the headline in the Corriere della Sera daily.

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