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Kim Kardashian West: Five facts about Paris hotel robbery

Reality TV star reported to have lost $10m of jewellery during heist – including $4.5m 20-carat ring

Kim Kardashian West may have had up to $10m (£7.8m) in jewellery stolen during this week's raid on her hotel room in Paris, it has been revealed.

The reality TV star was in France for Paris Fashion Week, in which her sister, Kendall Jenner, was modelling, when gunmen stormed her suite. The assailants are still at large.

Husband Kanye West was performing in New York at the time and stunned fans by walking offstage mid-way through the concert, citing a "family emergency".

Here's what we know so far.

The robbery occurred at the 'No Address Hotel'

The "No Address Hotel", as the unnamed residence is informally known, offers total discretion for celebrity guests, who stay in private apartments safe from the prying eyes of paparazzi, Vogue reports.

The hotel is tucked away in an unassuming building in the city's eighth arrondissement and previous guests include Madonna, Prince and Leonardo DiCaprio.

It was not the first time Kardashian West had visited – she stayed there with her rapper partner before their wedding in 2014.

She says she feared for her life

The robbers bound and gagged Kardashian West with duct tape and locked her in the bathroom of her luxury suite.

A source told People magazine the TV personality feared she would be sexually assaulted by the assailants, who "had a gun to her head". Kardashian West's spokesman said she had been left "shaken but physically unharmed".

Usually, the star is accompanied by her bodyguard, Pascal Duvier, but TMZ speculates he was with her sisters, Kendall and Kourtney Kardashian, who were at a nearby nightclub.

The police are looking for a gang of five

Initial reports said two masked men had carried out the robbery, but it has now emerged that five men took part in the heist. FranceInfo reports they entered the No Address Hotel dressed as police officers and ordered the receptionist to allow them access to Kardashian West's suit.

The stolen items were worth $10m

Around six minutes after they entered the hotel suite, the robbers are said to have made off with around $10m worth of jewellery, two mobile phones and Kardashian West's purse.

Among the haul was a 20-carat diamond ring worth $4.5m (£3.5m) given to Kardashian West by her husband, says the Hollywood Reporter.

Police believe it was an inside job

US magazine quotes an anonymous Parisian police official who says French authorities believe the robbery was the work of a "highly organised" gang who "carefully planned" the six-minute heist.

Detectives are apparently "satisfied that the robbers could have easily tricked their way into Kardashian's apartment block" disguised as police officers, but are still unclear as to "how they got into her actual flat", which the source says is easily locked from the inside.

Jeanne d'Hauteserre, the mayor of the eighth arrondissement, told the magazine she believed the incident may be connected to a string of robberies in the area.

"Now that this is all a big news story, we hope that the famous gang or gangs will be dismantled and arrested," she said.

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