police have begun an investigation after a KLM armoured car containing valuable
goods was hijacked and robbed this morning on the cargo ramp at Amsterdam
a brief statement KLM Cargo says its security staff were threatened during the
incident, but that no one was injured.
shipment of valuables, which was on its way to a flight bound for Antwerp,
consisted mainly of diamonds and jewellery,” says KLM Cargo, although no figure
has yet been put on the value on the stolen goods.
robbery took place at around 10:00 and thieves made off with the armoured car
and the shipment.
spokeswoman for the Dutch police says the armoured car was recovered abandoned near
the airport. She says the police do not know how many people were involved in
the heist, adding that a team of around 20 detectives is currently on working
on the search for the hijackers and the missing shipment.
adds: “We are investigating how the people managed to get airside.”
had already been reviewing security after robbers attempted to steal valuable
freight from one of the airline’s Boeing 747s while it was being unloaded at
Johannesburg last September.
have previously attacked the diamond trade routes in the Benelux region. Brussels
and Amsterdam are among the transit points for the diamond industry in Antwerp,
and Brussels National Airport in particular became the focus of airline concern
after a number of attacks there four years ago.