12 dead in bank rob­bery at­tempts, po­lice shootout in north­east Brazil

Santa Fe New Mexican - - NATION & WORLD -

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

The two at­tempted heists in the state of Ceara be­gan around 2:30 pm. in the down­town area of the city of Mi­la­gres, po­lice said in a state­ment.

News por­tal 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.

Liel­son Macedo Landim, the mayor of Mi­la­gres, told G1 the hostages were ex­e­cuted by the crim­i­nal group and not killed by po­lice fire. Macedo Landim said that two chil­dren, be­tween 10 and 13 years old, were among the dead hostages. An­dre Costa, sec­re­tary of pub­lic se­cu­rity in Ceara, said that six of the dead were the at­tack­ers.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.