Giant diamond heist at Brussels airport

Armed robbers have pulled off a spectacular heist at Brussels airport, making off with diamonds worth 350 million euros ($465 million), Belgian public television reported on Tuesday.

The raid saw the gang of thieves hit a Brinks transport truck as its contents were being loaded onto a Swiss aircraft bound for Zurich, it said.

Belgian prosecutors confirmed that a raid had been carried out at the airport, but did not specify what was stolen. They were expected to provide more details later in the day.

A statement from the airport said the robbers drove through barriers on the tarmac to get airside.

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.

 

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