At least 12 dead in Brazil bank robbery shootout

Lester Mason
December 8, 2018

At least 12 people have been killed during two attempted bank robberies in the north-eastern Brazil, authorities have said.

Broadcaster GloboNews said it was the family of a local businessman and that two suspects had been arrested by police.

G1 reported that the robbers "executed" the hostages when police turned up. They were grabbed by the fleeing robbers on the highway when they were on the way to the nearby airport to catch a flight, he added. "There was an exchange of fire between the suspects and police", it said.

"Our information from the hospital is 11 victims killed - six bandits and five hostages".

Ceara had the third highest number of violent deaths in Brazil, according to Brazilian website O Povo, with 2,360 casualties-or a rate of 26 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants-registered in the first half of 2018.

However, a spokeswoman for the state governor said that 12 people had died, including six police officers. Their auto had been hijacked by the armed gang that took them as hostages.

The attempted robbery was interrupted by a police unit that had been tracking a gang responsible for similar bank robberies in the area. Landim told Globo newspaper that the family members were taken from a vehicle that was forced to stop because the robbers had blocked a road with a truck, according to BBC News. It said some of the gang managed to escape.

Robbers at one bank took several people hostage when police surrounded the area, according to a police statement.

"I've never seen anything like it".

Shaken by the violence, the municipality of Milagres suspended most of its activities on Friday and asked residents to stay at home "until order is restored".

Brazil, Latin America's largest nation, has witnessed a rise in violence.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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