Bank heist turns fa­tal

The Sunday Times - - WORLD -

TWELVE peo­ple, six of them hostages, have been killed in an early morn­ing shootout be­tween po­lice and bank rob­bers in a small town in Brazil.

Five of the slain hostages were mem­bers of the same fam­ily and two were chil­dren. Po­lice said that they had three peo­ple in cus­tody.

The events be­gan af­ter mid­night with the fail­ures of the gang’s as­saults on two dif­fer­ent ATM ma­chines. With po­lice in pur­suit, the crim­i­nals hi­jacked a truck and took hostages.

The crim­i­nals ex­e­cuted the hostages be­fore the shootout.

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