Thursday 14 November 2019

Two held over Belgium diamond heist

An armoured truck at the cargo section of Brussels international airport. (AP)
An armoured truck at the cargo section of Brussels international airport. (AP)

Belgian authorities are hoping they have made a major breakthrough in solving a heist of diamonds and gems worth some 40 million euro (£28m) at Brussels' international airport two years ago.

During a series of raids, authorities made several arrests and were analysing goods that could be linked to the theft, which ranks as one of the biggest diamond heists in memory. Authorities refused to say how many were arrested.

On February 18, 2013, eight gunmen cut a fence around Brussels airport, drove onto the tarmac where an armoured car was transferring the gems onto a Zurich-bound plane and drove off again with the loot.

So far, 14 have been charged in the case - but most of the diamonds are still missing.

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