British security officials foiled an attempted robbery of an Arab diplomat at gunpoint outside the National Bank of Dubai's London branch, the British press reported today.
According to The Sun, three masked men ambushed the embassy official moments after he withdrew £2 million in cash from the bank.
One put a gun to his head and snarled: "Give me the money or I'll blow your brains out," the tabloid reported.
The robbers then fled the scene in London's Knightsbridge in a Vauxhall, but were cornered in a nearby square by a car full of gun-toting cops alerted to the crime by radios.
Two suspects gave themselves, but a third escaped and was still on the run last night.
Both suitcases were recovered, along with a passport, phone and a police-style high visibility vest allegedly worn by one of the robbers during the heist, according to the report.
Detectives suspect the robbers may have used inside information to stage Friday's hit.
The Sun quoted a source as saying: "The diplomat was being helped by three bank workers to put the cash in a Mercedes when the suspects struck.
"The embassy worker phoned the police and the getaway car was stopped by a diplomatic protection crew 20 minutes later."
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