Diamonds snatched in five-minute caper

Posted: February 20, 2013 at 4:34 a.m.

Baggage carts make their way past a Helvetic Airways aircraft from which about $50 million worth of diamonds were stolen on the tarmac of Brussels international airport Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Eight armed and masked men made a hole in a security fence at the airport, drove onto the tarmac and snatched the diamonds from the hold of the Swiss-bound plane without firing a shot, authorities said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

Belgian police were on the hunt Tuesday for thieves who made off with diamonds worth millions of dollars in a spectacular robbery at the country’s main airport.

Multimillion-dollar diamond heist in Brussels

Authorities in Belgium say eight masked gunmen snatched some $50 million worth of diamonds from the hold of a Swiss-bound plane without firing a shot late Feb. 18, 2013. (By The Associated Press)
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