Monday, March 27, 2006

SA plane robbery - 'inside job'
Police in South Africa suspect that the theft of a reported $16m from a plane inside Johannesburg's airport may have been an inside job.

The cash had been flown in from the UK and was being transported to Tanzania and one other African country.

A police spokesman said they had made no arrests and had no firm leads in the airport's biggest robbery.

A gang armed with AK-47s were able to access the plane inside a supposedly top security section of the airport.

They reportedly held up security guards and police officers and escaped without a shot being fired on Saturday morning.

"Our detectives haven't slept all night and they will continue working around the clock to catch the suspects," said senior police superintendent Vish Naidoo.

"We view this matter in a serious light and I must emphasise that we will leave no stone unturned to get to the bottom of it."

"But now, part of our theory will be that this was an inside job," he said.

South African Airways, which owns the Boeing 747 plane, said it was seeking a meeting with the airport authorities to discuss security arrangements.


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