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$50 million in diamonds stolen from Brussels Airport

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Eight robbers, disguised as police and armed with automatic weapons, stole $50 million in diamonds from Brussels Airport Monday evening, The New York Times reported.

The eight masked men stole diamond loaded from a Brink's armored van from Antwerp, Belgium from Flight LX789 around 8 p.m., 20 minutes before takeoff, and then fled the scene, The New York Times reported.

The men drove through the Brussel Airport's perimeter fence dressed as police officers and were armed with automatic weapons, CNN reported.

The robbers took the diamonds in the small gap between the time of loading the valuables to the time of takeoff, Caroline De Wolf, Antwerp World Diamond Centre spokeswoman, said as reported by The New York Times.

No one was hurt in the incident, although the pilot, co-pilot, and a transport security guard were threatened at gunpoint, CNN reported.

Ine Van Wymersch of the Public Prosecutor's Office in Brussels, said the robbery was "very precise, almost military-organized," and said the robbers were "professionals," CNN reported.

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