'Huge diamond heist' in Brussels

An armed gang dressed as police officers are thought to be behind a diamond heist at Brussels Airport. There have been conflicting reports about the value of the stolen gems, ranging from £32.3m to £300m.

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Report: Men dressed as police behind diamond heist

An armed gang dressed as police officers are thought to be behind a diamond heist at Brussels Airport. The masked men stole a cache of stones and sped off into the darkness on Monday night, said Anja Bijnens, spokeswoman for the Brussels prosecutors' office.

It is understood the robbers targeted a security van parked near a Swiss plane. Police later found a burnt-out vehicle close to the airport. There have been conflicting reports about the value of the stolen gems, ranging from £32.3m to £300m.

An airport spokesman said the robbers made a hole in the fence and drove up to the passenger plane, which was ready to leave.

The thieves got out of the car, flashed their weapons and took the loot from the hold, said airport spokesman Jan Van Der Crujsse. Without firing a shot they drove off through the same hole in the fence, completing the theft within minutes, he added.

Report: Diamonds stolen in airport robbery

An armed gang have stolen a haul of diamonds during a robbery at Brussels Airport.

Belgian state broadcaster VRT is reporting that two vehicles, carrying four armed men, drove up to a security van parked near a Swiss passenger plane.

File photograph of diamonds. Credit: Reuters

There have been conflicting reports of the value of the diamonds, but they are thought to be worth upwards of £30m.

"The men were armed and masked. There were no shots fired and nobody was injured," a spokeswoman for the Brussels prosecutor said.

Both vehicles carrying the thieves sped off after the robbery and one of them was later found, said officials, who would not comment on what was taken.

The robbers managed to get onto the tarmac after breaking through the fence that surrounds the airport, a spokesman for Brussels Airport said.