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Police detain 31 people in $50m Belgium diamond heist

Large number of diamonds found

BRUSSELS — Unlike the brilliant thieves in ‘‘Ocean’s Eleven,’’ it appears that those behind the clockwork-precision, $50 million diamond heist at Brussels Airport may not get a Hollywood ending.

After three months of virtual silence on the matter, authorities struck this week, detaining at least 31 people in a three-nation sweep and recovering so many diamonds from the loot Antwerp traders lost that they are still figuring out the exact value.

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