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22 Sep 10

'Gang Members' Held over Sarajevo Airport Heist

Several members of an alleged criminal gang suspected of carrying out murders and a major €1.3 million robbery at Sarajevo’s international airport in 2007 have been arrested in Bosnia, prosecutors have said.

“The arrested people are suspected of the robbery in the cargo zone of Sarajevo’s international airport and the murders of several people whose bodies they hid in different locations,” prosecutors of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina said in a statement on Tuesday.

They added that those arrested included the alleged gang leader.

Prosecutors have refused to reveal the exact number of those arrested or the names of the suspects.

The arrests follow three years of investigations into the armed robbery when €1.3 million in cash was stolen.

In December 2007, several men wearing police uniforms stormed the airport’s cargo zone and stole four bags of cash belonging to ABS Bank, a part of the Austrian Steiermärkische Sparkasse group, as they were being transferred to a bank.

Two men, including a former employee of the airport's cargo centre, were previously arrested and are currently on trial in connection with the robbery.

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