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Cash van robbed by gunmen in ATM heist

DETECTIVES are hunting two armed robbers who held up a security van in central Dublin this morning.

The terrifying incident happened just after 7am when the two masked gunmen threatened security staff as they loaded an ATM with cash at High Street in the south inner city.

The gunmen arrived at the scene in a stolen white Transit van and brandished handguns before escaping with a number of cash boxes.

Gardai say that the suspects were wearing high-vis jackets and that the Transit van had a refrigeration unit.

The scene of the robbery was an AIB ATM machine at Cornmarket near Christchurch.

The bank machine is between a fast food takeaway and a paint shop.

The ATM was sealed off after the dawn robbery.

A lone garda was left at the scene while gardai investigated what is believed to be the getaway van which was found abandoned just off the South Circular Road.

The van -- which had been stolen earlier at Merrion Road -- was located within minutes.

No shots were fired during the incident and no one was injured.

The armed robbery is being investigated by detectives from Kevin Street Garda Station.