Police probe Schiphol airside jewellery heist

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Dutch 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 Schiphol Airport.

In a brief statement KLM Cargo says its security staff were threatened during the incident, but that no one was injured.

“The 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.

The robbery took place at around 10:00 and thieves made off with the armoured car and the shipment.

A 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.

She adds: “We are investigating how the people managed to get airside.”

KLM 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.

Robbers 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.