Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Two dead after foiled $32.5 million airport heist in Chile | CNN

A foiled multimillion-dollar heist at Chile’s largest airport has left two useless, officers mentioned Wednesday.

Footage extensively shared on social media reveals a shootout between robbers and officers from Chile’s DGAC aviation company on the Arturo Merino Benitez Worldwide Airport in Santiago.

Chief prosecutor Eduardo Baeza mentioned Wednesday the “assault” resulted within the deaths of a DGAC airport safety official and one of many robbers. It occurred at roughly 7:50 a.m. native time (5:50 a.m. ET).

“(The tried theft) continues to be beneath investigation,” Baeza added.

Officers mentioned round 10 individuals broke into the airport in three or 4 vehicles, concentrating on an armored car carrying a “valued load” from a LATAM Airways airplane.

The airplane, which had arrived from Miami, was carrying $32.5 million to be transported domestically by safety supplier Brinks.

Chatting with reporters from the La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, deputy inside minister Manuel Monsalve mentioned safety officers had “foiled a theft by a extremely organized, extremely armed and doubtless very well-planned theft.”

Raul Jorquera, common director of the DGAC, instructed reporters that no passengers had been in danger through the encounter, and that the robbers had “excessive capability firepower” to steal the cash.

Organized crime in Chile has spiked in recent times, together with elaborate prepare heists and multimillion-dollar robberies on the nation’s fundamental seaport.

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