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[WATCH] Hold-up at Tigné leaves two injured as robbers flee with jewellery

A hold-up at a Tigné jewellery store has left at least one senior security officer injured after being hit in the head with the butt of a shotgun • The men wore masks and wigs and were armed with a shotgun, batons and axes

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Paul Cocks
5 October 2017, 10:56am
Last updated on 5 October 2017, 11:47am
Armed robbers targeted Diamonds International at Tigne
Armed robbers targeted Diamonds International at Tigne
Diamonds International shop at Tigne Point targeted in hold-up
A hold-up at a jewellery shop in Tigné Square this morning has left two persosns injured, and one hospitalised.

The robbers, believed to be of foreign nationalities, got away with an unspecified amount of jewellery.

The hold-up took place at around 10am, as the two armed men - in masks and wigs and wielding a shotgun, batons and axes -  stormed into the Diamonds International store at Tigné Point. Two men and a woman, believed to be the shop's manager, salesman and a shop assistant, were inside the outlet at the time of the incident.

MaltaToday has confirmed that the shop assistant suffered slight injuries to his leg. It is unclear whether this was as a result of a shot that was fired in the air. A senior security official, employed by Group 4 Security and on duty at Tigne Point, ran into the outlet when he heard the gunfire and disrupted the two men as they held up the staff and gathered jewellery from the display cases.

Sources told MaltaToday that it was the same shop assistant, upon returning to the shop to hand his trousers over to the forensic team, who discovered the shotgun cartridge and finding guiding the police to the holes in the cupboard.

The security officer, an Italian who has been employed by G4S for a number of years and was a supervisor on site, was attacked by one of the robbers, who hit him on the head with the butt of a shotgun.

Glass from the showcases was scattered all over the floor
Glass from the showcases was scattered all over the floor
The officer was hospitalised where he underwent a number of tests and was certified as not suffering from grievous injuries.

Glass could be seen scattered all over the floor inside the shop.

The duo escaped on a quad-bike towards the Sliema ferry front, where they switched to a white Suzuki Alto, which was later found in Gzira.

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Paul Cocks joined MaltaToday after having spent years working in newspapers with The Times...