Thieves bag £32m booty in three-minute air­plane raid

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SU­PER smart rob­bers have pulled off a £32mil­lion di­a­mond heist in Bel­gium.

Eight gun-tot­ing thieves donned po­lice uni­forms, made a hole in the fence at Brus­sels Air­port, drove their cars on to the tar­mac, robbed a Swiss Air­lines plane and fled with the huge haul – with­out fir­ing a sin­gle shot.

The canny rob­bers placed blue flash­ing lights on top of their cars so as not to alert se­cu­rity when they drove into the air­port.

The masked gun­men got out of the car and flashed ma­chine guns with laser sights at pi­lots, be­fore tak­ing the loot in two locked metal trunks from the aero­plane’s hold.

They drove off through the same hole in the fence – com­plet­ing the theft in THREE min­utes.

Air­port spokesman Jan Van Der Crui­jsse was shocked the raid, which took place at 8pm on Mon­day, hap­pened so quickly.

He said: “We abide by the most strin­gent rules, I don’t know how this hap­pened.”

It is thought the huge cache of stones be­longed to di­a­mond and gold traders.

A spokesman for Swiss Air­lines said: “The men were gone within min­utes.”

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