Published on Wednesday, February 20, 2013
An investigation has been launched after armed robbers broke into Brussels Airport and stole diamonds worth more than £32million.
in a meticulously planned heist lasting less than five minutes, eight armed men burst through the airport's security barrier in a fake police car before driving up to a security van parked on the runway next to the Swiss passenger aircraft.
The gang threatened staff and seized two locked metal trunks containing the valuables as they were being loaded onto a Helvetic Airlines flight to Zurich, reports the Daily Mail.
They escaped the airport perimeter through the same broken security barrier.
Police said an Audi saloon made to look like a police car with a flashing blue light was used in the raid, together with the Mercedes van.
The burnt-out Mercedes was found in a suburb of Brussels within an hour of the raid.
A Brussels Airport police spokesman said a full investigation has been launched into the raid, which has seriously thrown into doubt the security of the airport.
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