Armed robbers have hit three banks in a Brazilian metropolis after taking hostages, reportedly strapping them on automobile roofs as human shields and leaving a path of explosives to stop pursuit, authorities have stated.
The robbers shot at police in a gunfight that killed no less than three folks in Aracatuba, a small metropolis in Sao Paulo state.
Greater than 20 closely armed males carried out the assault utilizing 10 automobiles, government secretary of Sao Paulo’s navy police Alvaro Camilo stated.
The navy police stated in an announcement the criminals had used native residents as human shields. Native media stories steered the hostages had been tied down on high of getaway automobiles. The criminals additionally burned automobiles and left a lot of explosive booby traps throughout they metropolis as they fled.
The gang additionally used drones to watch the streets as they entered the realm and broke into banks, the assertion added.
Two of these killed have been civilians and one of many alleged assailants was additionally killed. An onlooker needed to have his leg amputated after he was injured in an explosion, authorities stated.
Mr Camilo urged folks to not depart their homes till all of the explosives have been discovered and deactivated.
He added there have been greater than 350 cops within the metropolis who have been utilizing two helicopters to trace down the perpetrators.
The assault came about round midnight and is the most recent in a sequence of more and more violent financial institution heists in Brazil. Specialists have stated a COVID-19 pandemic welfare programme for poorer folks has inspired robbers to plan extra assaults as banks are holding extra money.
In December, two related financial institution raids too place on consecutive days in Cameta and Cricuma, concentrating on Banco do Brasil branches.