Armed Police officers guard the plane before the players disembark as the England team arrive at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport for the 2010 FIFA World Cup on June 3, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Safety was tight at OR Tambo airport throughout the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa

Armed thieves masquerading as police have carried out a theft at Johannesburg worldwide airport in South Africa, stories say.

The thieves are stated to have pushed right into a restricted zone and brought containers of money.

Estimates range however stories counsel that hundreds of thousands of in several currencies might have been stolen.

The corporate that operates OR Tambo Airport, the continent’s busiest, confirmed a theft had taken place.

“No photographs had been fired and no accidents have been reported. The robbers fled‚” Airports Firm South Africa stated in an announcement, the TimesLive news website reports.

The Hawks, an elite police unit, declined to launch particulars.

A police spokeswoman, Athlenda Mathe, was quoted by broadcaster eNCA as saying she couldn’t touch upon “how a lot cash precisely was stolen”.

Guards from a personal safety agency defending the precious cargo had been stopped by the robbers, who had been travelling in a automobile marked with “police”, TimesLive says.

There have been stories of different high-value cargo robberies in recent times on the airport.