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Twelve dead in bank robbery shootout in Brazil

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Twelve dead in bank robbery shootout in Brazil


BRASILIA (Reuters) - Twelve people including six hostages were killed on Friday in a shootout between police and bank robbers attempting to blow up ATMs at two banks in a small town in northeastern Brazil, authorities said.


Six hostages, among them two children, died in the shooting, local media reported, when police opened fire on the robbers at bank branches on the main street in Milagres in the interior of Ceará state.


"Six of the bandits died. We are working to identify the victims," Kelia Jacome, spokeswoman for the governor said by telephone.


She said the attempted night-time robbery was interrupted by a police unit that had been tracking a gang responsible for similar bank robberies in the area, in which explosives were used to blow apart automatic teller machines.


The G1 news website, quoting Milagres Mayor Lielson Landim, reported that five of the dead hostages belonged to the same family. Their car had been hijacked by the armed gang that took them as hostages.


Two suspects were arrested by police, who were searching for other gang members with the help of a helicopter, the governor's office said in a statement.


-- © Copyright Reuters 2018-12-08

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2 hours ago, TopDeadSenter said:

 This should be one of the wealthiest nations on earth, with some discipline installed by Mr Bolsonaro I have no doubts Brazil can be a truly great country.


That was said already 30 years ago, but in this respect not too much has changed....

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Brazil's inherent corruption precedes independence.  Their corrupt ruling class dates back to colonial times, just like the USA.  Blaming liberals for it is, frankly, the stuff that is left on the ground where the horse was standing.  The country is now reverting to the old-school corruption, Lula's party upset their gravy train.  Workers' Party corruption is like shoplifting compared to the grand larceny of the entrenched status quo.






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