A man has died after apparently trying to blow up a condom vending machine in Germany.

The 29-year-old was brought into hospital with a head injury by two other men who first told doctors their colleague injured himself falling downstairs.

But suspicious medical staff called police.

The men subsequently admitted that they had tried to blow up the machine and the victim was injured by a piece of flying metal from by the blast.

He later died of his injuries.

Officers say the suspects apparently got into a car after priming the explosion but the 29-year-old failed to close his door and was hit by debris when the machine exploded.

Police alerted to the explosion in the town of Schoeppingen, close to the border with the Netherlands, on Christmas Day found condom packets and cash lying on the ground, apparently untouched.

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