Four attackers blocked the van by two trucks on state highways.
Italian police are hunting robbers who stole 2.3 million euros from the Bank of the van. Car burglars caught in the trap on the highway.
Four attackers blocked the van by two trucks on state highway near Bari, and then fired in the air to intimidate the guards.
The criminals used two excavators to open the back of the van and take the cash.
Three guards in the van were not injured. Both trucks were set on fire, and the backhoe was left at the scene of the robbery.
Robbers in masks, who allegedly had automatic weapons, escaped in two vehicles. The money was intended for payment of pensions in the nearby town of Matera.