Thieves pull off huge diamond heist at Brussels airport

first_imgHEAVILY ARMED ROBBERS made off with $50 million worth of diamonds in a massive heist at Brussels airport, the global dealers syndicate in Antwerp told AFP today.Last night’s robbery was “one of the biggest” ever, a spokeswoman for the Antwerp World Diamond Centre said, adding that the diamonds were “rough stones” being transported from Antwerp to Zurich.The raid saw the gang of thieves hit a security truck from a specialist Brinks security subsidiary as the gems were being loaded onto a Swiss aircraft bound for Zurich.The AWDC spokeswoman gave no details as to who the shipment belonged to.According to the AWDC, the global diamond business is worth more than $60 billion each year.Some $200 million worth of stones move in and out of Antwerp every day, the spokeswoman added.Belgian Justice Minister Annemie Turtelboom was attending a press conference at the airport late this morning.A statement from the airport earlier said the robbers drove through barriers onto the tarmac to get airside yesterday evening.Reports said no shots were fired, no-one was injured and the heist was completed within a matter of minutes.One of the vehicles was found afterwards burnt out near the airport, local police added.There are more than 4,500 diamond dealers in Antwerp, the hub for a worldwide industry going back at least 500 years, the AWDC said.-© AFP 2013.last_img

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