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Hostages strapped to cars as robbers target banks in Brazil

The attackers focused banks in the small metropolis of Aracatuba in the southeastern state of Sao Paulo early Monday.

In a bid to distract regulation enforcement, the robbers positioned bombs everywhere in the metropolis. One man was significantly injured when the gadgets have been detonated, shedding each his ft, in accordance to police.

During the confusion the closely armed robbers held up three banks, taking hostages in the method.

The hostages have been then tied to the roofs and hoods of 10 cars to act as human shields, police mentioned.

Three individuals died in the incidents — two of them victims and one a suspected robber, in accordance to Sao Paulo navy police. Five others have been injured and two suspects have been apprehended and despatched to jail.

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A squad of greater than 380 law enforcement officials are actually in search of greater than a dozen suspects who stay at massive. School lessons have been suspended in the town, which has a inhabitants of round 200,000, following the blasts.

“They [the criminals] had inside information that one of the banks had a large sum of money, so they went to the city,” mentioned Sao Paulo public safety secretary Alvaro Batista Camilo to CNN affiliate CNN Brazil.

Police mentioned that greater than 20 closely armed males carried out the assault, including that drones have been utilized by the robbers to monitor the streets as they entered the town and escaped, Reuters reported.

People have been urged not to go away their houses till all of the explosives have been discovered and deactivated, Reuters added.

This is the most recent in a string of financial institution heists in Brazil. There have been two comparable raids final December on consecutive days in the cities of Cametá and Criciúma, in accordance to Reuters, each on branches of Banco do Brasil.

An earlier model of this story incorrectly acknowledged the placement of Sao Paulo state. It’s in southeastern Brazil.

CNN’s Rodrigo Pedroso reported from Sao Paulo and Lianne Kolirin wrote from London.

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