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Kim's robbers 'saw jewels on social media'

Press AssociationPress Association 4/10/2016

Thieves who robbed Kim Kardashian at gunpoint in Paris were targeting possessions seen on social media, police said after the multimillion-dollar jewellery raid.

The reality TV star left the French capital on a private jet just hours after she was robbed of jewellery reportedly worth $US10 million ($A13 million) at an exclusive private apartment building.

The TV star, who was attending Paris Fashion Week, was "badly shaken but physically unharmed" after masked men dressed as police officers robbed her, her spokeswoman said.

Four days ago, Kardashian posted a close-up photograph of a huge diamond ring on her left hand captioned with three diamond emojis.

Paris police spokesman Johanna Primevert told the Associated Press: "This is the result of people who obviously posed as policemen and who assaulted Ms Kardashian in a private hotel in her room by threat of a weapon.

"This kind of incident is extremely rare in Paris. This is a star who is famous worldwide. Do not confuse what happened to Ms Kardashian and probably was the result of an organised team who had planned their action with the assault of a tourist in front of Notre Dame (cathedral) or another tourist spot in Paris."

She said the losses were estimated at several million euros, adding: "Clearly when you have a star like Kim Kardashian who has, I think, more than 48 million followers on Twitter ... I think this could have happened abroad just as easily as in Paris.

"It was really the celebrity who was targeted, with possessions that had been seen and noticed via social media, and it was these goods that the attackers targeted."

Only two of the five suspects forced their way into the apartment, in the eighth district of Paris, according to the city's prosecutors' office.

Police told the Associated Press that robbers tied up Kardashian and locked her in the bathroom before escaping on bicycles.

E! News, whose US network broadcasts the Keeping Up With the Kardashians, quoted a source close to Kardashian as saying she feared for her life.

"She begged for them to let her live and (said) she has babies at home... She thought they were for sure going to kill her," the source told E! News.

Kardashian's husband, rapper Kanye West, was performing at the Meadows Music and Arts Festival in New York when he was told the news on stage.

He abruptly stopped his set, in the middle of his song Heartless, and told the crowd: "I'm sorry, family emergency, I have to stop the show."

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