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$50 million diamond heist in Brussels

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Two airport police officers use a chain to lock a gate which leads to the airport tarmac, at Brussels international airport, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Eight masked gunmen made a hole in a security fence at Brussels' international airport, drove onto the tarmac and snatched some $50 million worth of diamonds from the hold of a Swiss-bound plane without firing a shot, authorities said Tuesday.

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Baggage carts make their way past a Helvetic Airways aircraft from which millions' of dollars 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 Brussels' international airport, drove onto the tarmac and snatched millions of dollars' worth of diamonds from the hold of a Swiss-bound plane without firing a shot, authorities said Tuesday.

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When the armored car set off for the Brussels airport carrying $50 million worth of precious stones from Antwerp's diamond district, eight gunmen knew all about it. One of the biggest diamond heists in recent memory was about to go down.
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    • Two airport police officers use a chain to lock a gate which leads to the airport tarmac, at Brussels international airport, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Eight masked gunmen made a hole in a security fence at Brusselsí international airport, drove onto the tarmac and snatched some $50 million worth of diamonds from the hold of a Swiss-bound plane without firing a shot, authorities said Tuesday.
    • Baggage carts make their way past a Helvetic Airways aircraft from which millionsí of dollars 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 Brusselsí international airport, drove onto the tarmac and snatched millions of dollarsí worth of diamonds from the hold of a Swiss-bound plane without firing a shot, authorities said Tuesday.
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