Hostages killed in botched bank heists Brazil

Sunday Star-Times - - World -

At least 12 peo­ple, in­clud­ing two chil­dren, were killed when po­lice en­gaged in a shootout with bank rob­bers in north­east­ern Brazil yes­ter­day, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties.

The two at­tempted heists in the state of Ceara be­gan around 2.30am lo­cal time in the down­town area of the city of Mi­la­gres, po­lice said.

News web­site G1 re­ported that the rob­bers blocked off a road into the down­town and took hostages as they be­gan en­ter­ing two banks on the same street. When po­lice re­sponded, a fire­fight en­sued, lead­ing to sev­eral deaths.

Mi­la­gres Mayor Liel­son Macedo Landim told G1 the hostages were ex­e­cuted by the crim­i­nal group and not killed by po­lice fire. He said two chil­dren, aged be­tween 10 and 13, were among the dead hostages.

Two sus­pects were ap­pre­hended and sev­eral fled, po­lice said. Au­thor­i­ties seized three ve­hi­cles, sev­eral firearms and ex­plo­sives.

An­dre Costa, sec­re­tary of pub­lic se­cu­rity in Ceara, said six of the dead were the at­tack­ers.

The city an­nounced on its Face­book page that it was sus­pend­ing pub­lic ser­vices dur­ing the search for the re­main­ing rob­bers, and urged res­i­dents to re­main in their homes.

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