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Gunmen attack Saudi prince's motorcade in Paris, take $417,100 in cash

Published on Aug 18, 2014 2:42 PM

PARIS (AFP) - Kalashnikov-wielding robbers attacked the motorcade of a Saudi prince in Paris, making off with 250,000 euros (S$417,100) in cash and reportedly stealing “sensitive” documents, French police said on Monday.

The spectacular robbery took place in northern Paris late on Sunday as the motorcade was making its way from a plush hotel on the Champs Elysees to an airport in Le Bourget, said police, who confirmed there were no injuries. A gang of “between five and eight” thieves in two BMWs hijacked the first of around 10 vehicles in the convoy, driving off with the three occupants before letting them go, police said.

A police source and Le Parisien daily had said the men were armed with Kalashnikov rifles but an official later clarified to say they were carrying hand guns. The attack took place late on Sunday around Porte de la Chapelle in northern Paris, a police source said. The car attacked was a supply vehicle that was stolen and later found burnt, this source added.

The Saudis’ Mercedes and one of the thieves’ BMWs were later found abandoned and burned out in the village of Saint-Mesmes, to the northeast of Paris, approximately 40km from the scene of the crime.

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