A group of ten people broke into the Santiago de Chile Airport this Wednesday with the aim of stealing a million-dollar consignment of money from the United States, after which agents of the General Directorate of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC) opened fire, producing an intense exchange of fire that has left an assailant and an employee dead.
The money was going to be unloaded from a LATAM company plane to an armored truck that would later distribute it to different banking entities in the country, according to the Chilean newspaper ‘La Tercera’, which details that the assailants reduced and handcuffed the security guard, from whom they even took his service weapon.
After this, the thieves headed towards the unloading terminal, at which time there was an attempt to exchange shots with DGAC personnel, in charge of security at the Santiago de Chile Airport. The Chilean Undersecretary of the Interior, Manuel Monsalve, has confirmed that the authorities have identified two people and their relationship with the event is being investigated.
Now the Carabineros and the Investigative Police have launched an extensive search operation to find the whereabouts of the criminals, who finally failed to take the money. The authorities have indicated that, in their escape, the thieves abandoned several burnt-out vehicles.
The President of Chile, Gabriel Boric, has conveyed his condolences to the family of the deceased official and has valued the response of the DGAC, since “security is a priority for Chileans and when there is insecurity, all the rest falters.”
Boric has also referred to the good work of a policeman who this Wednesday thwarted an assault in the commune of La Cisterna, also in the Chilean capital, and has killed the criminals.
“Today these two assaults can be thwarted, but at a very high cost, that of human lives,” lamented President Boric, who stressed that his government is going to “relentlessly pursue, with Justice and with all the force of law, crime and those who put the lives of compatriots at risk.