12 dead in Brazil bank robberies
RIO DE JANEIRO — At least 12 people, including two children, were killed Friday when police engaged in a shootout with bank robbers.
The two attempted heists in the state of Ceara began around 2:30 a.m. 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.