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Spectacular Diamond Heist At Brussels Airport

AFP, AP, THE INDEPENDENT (UK)

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BRUSSELS – Belgium police on Tuesday were looking for eight armed robbers who pulled off a spectacular heist at Brussels airport, making off with tens of millions of euros worth of diamonds.

The men cut a whole in a perimeter security fence, drove onto the tarmac and attacked a Brink’s security truck as it was loading millions of euros worth of gold and diamonds onto a Swiss Helvetic Airways flight bound for Zurich, reports the AP.

First reports estimated the heist to be worth a whopping 350 million euros ($450 million) but the amount was later revised to 50 million euros.

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Zaventem Brussels Airport, Wikipedia

In a statement Brussels airport said: "The men in the car rode to a Swiss airplane where they stole valuable goods," reports the Independent. "There was no shooting, and no one got injured. This lasted only a few minutes, and after that, they left the airport domain through the damaged fence."

A burnt out vehicle was later discovered near the airport, police said.

This could be one of the biggest diamond heists of all time, reports the AFP.

According to a spokesperson from the Antwerp World Diamond Center, the diamonds were "rough stones" being transported from Antwerp to Zurich.

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Wagner's MIA Convicts: Where Do Deserting Russian Mercenaries Go?

Tens of thousands of Russian prisoners who've been recruited by the Wagner Group mercenary outfit have escaped from the frontlines after volunteering in exchange for freedom. Some appear to be seeking political asylum in Europe thanks to a "cleared" criminal record.

Picture of a soldier wearing the Wagner Group Logo on their uniform.

Soldier wearing the paramilitary Wagner Group Logo on their uniform.

Source: Sky over Ukraine via Facebook
Anna Akage

Of the about 50,000 Russian convicts who signed up to fight in Ukraine with the Wagner Group, just 10,000 are reportedly still at the front. An unknown number have been killed in action — but among those would-be casualties are also a certain number of coffins that are actually empty.

To hide the number of soldiers who have deserted or defected to Ukraine, Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin is reportedly adding them to the lists of the dead and missing.

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Some Wagner fighters have surrendered through the Ukrainian government's "I Want To Live" hotline, says Olga Romanova, director and founder of the Russia Behind Bars foundation.

"Relatives of the convicts enlisted in the Wagner Group are not allowed to open the coffins," explains Romanova.

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