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12 dead in bank robbery attempt in Brazil

IANS  |  Rio de Janeiro 

At least 12 people have died following a between a group of alleged and the police in Brazil, officials said.

The shooting happened on Friday in the city of Milagres, in state of Ceara, when a group of 30 armed people attempted to rob two banks using hostages, but were intercepted by the police, reported.

Lielson Landim, of Milagres, said that before arriving in the city's centre to commit the bank robbery, the assailants stole a truck to block one of the city's main streets.

Upon being discovered by police, a fierce gun fight broke out and lasted 20 minutes. At least three minors, who were being held as hostages along with their parents, died.

Several of the managed to escape and police began an operation to capture them.

At least six of the dead were the robbers and the rest were hostages, Landim said.

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 07:44 IST
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