RIO DE JANEIRO – At least 12 people, including two children, were killed on Friday when police reportedly involved in a shootout with bank robbers, according to authorities in northeastern Brazil. The two attempted raids in the state of Ceara began at 2:30 am in downtown Milagres.
Robbers of a bank took several people hostage when the police surrounded the area. A firefight broke out, leaving several dead.
The authorities have not yet identified the dead. According to police, two suspects were arrested.
Milagre Mayor Lielson Macedo Landim told local media that two children between the ages of 1
The four people were taken hostage, while the robbers went to an airport according to AFP. Landim told Globo newspaper that the family had been taken out of a vehicle that had been forced to stop because the robbers had blocked a road with a truck, according to the BBC News.
The police did not respond immediately to further inquiries by e-mail and telephone. Latin America's largest nation is routinely the world leader in annual annual killings.
Ceara is one of the country's most violent states.
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