Zaventem, Belgium (NewsBahn) – A security van loading tens of millions of pounds worth of jewels onto a Switzerland-bound plane was reportedly held up by eight masked gunmen Monday night at Brussels airport.
They worked quickly, taking just three minutes to pull off the heist, believed to be one of the largest in history.
Staff were loading safes full of diamonds for the Zurich-bound plane when the incident occurred.
Armed men reportedly drove through the airport security fence in a Mercedes van and car and flashed their weapons and quickly loaded the vehicles with the jewels.
They then made their way through the same barrier in their escape and no shots were believed to be fired in the incident.
A burnt-out van was later found nearby as stunned airport officials investigated the heist.
“We abide by the most stringent rules,” airport spokesman Jan Van Der Crujsse said, according to The Guardian newspaper.
Antwerp’s Diamond Centre was the scene of the biggest diamond heist in history, believed to be $100 million worth of jewels robbed, back in 2003.