At least 12 people were killed on Friday, including some bandits , in Milagres, a small town in northeastern Brazil, in the interior of Ceará state, in a bank robbery.
Police interrupted the gang trying to rob ATMs at two bank branches. Five hostages, including two children between 10 and 13 years old, died in the shootout. It was not clear if police officers also were killed. Some Brazilian media gave higher death tolls, of up to 13. The dead hostages belonged to the same family, of a local businessman. The hostages were executed by the criminal group. Some suspects were apprehended but members of the gang escaped in two vans without taking any money. They were searched with a helicopter.
Explosives seized by police
To do the search the city announced on its Facebook page that it was suspending public services and urged residents to remain in their homes. Authorities also seized three vehicles, several firearms and explosives. A local press report said the body of one bank robber was found in an abandoned vehicle by police. Brazil is one of the most violent countries in the world, suffering nearly 64,000 murders last year.