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Brussels diamond robbery nets 'gigantic' haul

Armed robbers have made off with a "gigantic" haul of diamonds after a rapid raid at Brussels Airport.

Disguised as police, they broke through a fence on Monday evening and broke into the cargo of a Swiss-bound plane to take the gems, estimated to be worth $50m (£32m; 37m euros).

They escaped back through the same hole. Police later found a burned-out vehicle close to the airport.

Police are looking for eight men, a prosecutors' spokeswoman said.

Christian Fraser reports.

  • 19 Feb 2013
  • From the section Europe
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