Giant diamond heist at Brussels airport

Armed robbers have pulled off a spectacular heist at Brussels airport, making off with diamonds worth US$465m.

Belgian public television reported that the gang of thieves hit a Brinks transport truck as its contents were being loaded onto a Swiss aircraft bound for Zurich. 

A statement from the airport said the robbers drove through barriers on the tarmac to get airside. 

Reports said no shots were fired, no one was injured and the heist was completed within a matter of minutes. 

One of the vehicles was found afterwards burnt near the airport.