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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Armed Biathletes Scare Off Bandits

Four highway bandits got the shock of their lives when a busload of armed biathletes showed up to rescue their victims, Itar-Tass said Thursday.

The incident occurred near Warsaw as the national teams from Russia and Belarus were returning from Slovakia and last weekend's world championship in the biathlon, a sport that combines skiing and shooting. According to Itar-Tass, Belarussian coach Konstantin Vaigin and his Russian counterpart, Gennady Ramensky, were riding in a car ahead of their athletes when four men in a truck forced them off the road and demanded money.

The two coaches pretended to plea for better terms, stalling for time until their teams caught up to them.

Moments later, the bus rolled up and the biathletes poured out and "had it out'' with the bandits, said the report, which did not elaborate.

After the biathletes began loading their rifles, the attackers "were seen running away for all they were worth,'' the news agency reported.