Counter Terror Forum: Brussels $55 M diamond robbery – why we should care

“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 Feb 18th and broke into the cargo of a Swiss-bound plane to take the gems, estimated to be worth $50m £32m; 37m euros.”

The thieves were heavily armed, and approached the aircraft in two stolen police vans, just as it was ready to take off.  They forced the pilots to open the cargo bay, where 120 packages of diamonds were offloaded into the vans within minutes.  No apprehensions have been made, police are looking for 8 men.

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