Chile sacks airport security chief over robbery

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Chile sacks airport security chief over robbery BY BBC

Chile has fired the security of the country’s main airport after an “embarrassing” robbery of more $10m (£6.2) at the terminal.

Chilean Defence Minister Jorge Burgos said a probe had been launched into how eight had managed steal the money from a security van at the airport in the capital, Santiago.

He called Tuesday’s incident “unfortunate and serious”.

Security footage showed the gang had acted disguised as airport workers.

“While the investigation is being carried out, the security of Arturo Merino Benitez Airport (Rolando Alegria) has been relieved from his duties,” Burgos told a news conference.

He also pledged that the airport’s security measures would be “revised, modified and altered”.

Dressed as ground personnel, the robbers entered the area of Santiago’s international airport and intercepted the armoured vehicle carrying the money. [eap_ad_2] was being loaded onto a plane bound for banks and mining companies in northern Chile.

The held up the guards, who had left their weapons at airport security, and emptied the security truck, before running away without firing any shots.

The robbery itself – one of the biggest in Chilean history – was not captured on camera, but the footage showed the bandits fleeing in white vans minutes after the theft.

On Tuesday, Chilean Interior Minister Mahmud Aleuy called security at the airport “an embarrassment”.

The size of the loot surpasses that of a similar robbery in 2006, when thieves stole $1.6m from a Brink’s delivery at the same airport terminal.The behind that robbery were eventually captured and are serving in prison.[eap_ad_3]