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Gunmen lift €250,000 from Saudi prince in Paris heist

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Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2014-08-18

A Saudi prince’s motorcade was attacked in a commando-style operation on Sunday, with the thieves fleeing the scene with “sensitive” documents and a reported 250,000 euros worth of loot, according to French police.

Eight gunmen in two vehicles forced the Saudi embassy’s motorcade to pull over to the side of the road in northern Paris while it was headed to the Bourget airport at around 9pm local time.

Brandishing assault rifles, the robbers then made off with one car in the Saudi convoy and its passengers, who were later forced out of the vehicle.

France’s Europe 1 radio reported that the stolen car was found burned-out by police later on Sunday evening.

Not a single bullet was fired in the Hollywood-like heist, but the heavily-armed men escaped with the cash load and documents, according to French media.

Paris’ organised crime division is in charge of the police investigation.

The Saudi prince in question was not immediately identified.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

 

Date created : 2014-08-18

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