Gang of Brazilian Bank Robbers Attack Another City, Kill Hostage

A gang of over 20 heavily armed bank robbers attacked the northern riverside city of Cameta in Brazil, taking hostages and killing one of them in the early morning hours of Dec. 2.

A gang of over 20 heavily armed bank robbers attacked the northern riverside city of Cameta in Brazil, taking hostages and killing one of them in the early morning hours of Dec. 2.

According to the statement of the Para state security ministry on Dec. 3, the masked criminals armed with assault rifles stormed a branch of the state-run Bank of Brazil overnight and shot a young man, killing him. They escaped in a convoy of vehicles.

According to local media, an attack on the military police station prevented the officials from responding to the robbery.

Tactical forces from other areas were dispatched to reinforce the police in the city of 140,000.

The security ministry also said that authorities located the robbers’ abandoned getaway truck with explosives in it.

How much money might had been stolen has not immediately been made clear by the bank or the officials, but the bank said in a statement that it is collaborating with the police in the investigations.

The attack came just a day after a similar heist in the city of Criciuma in the southern region where robbers took hostages and used explosives to rob a Bank of Brazil branch.

According to Brazilian Forum on Public Safety council member Cassio Thyone, the robberies took place in December when employees receive an extra month’s salary known as the 13th salary.

“It’s another demonstration that everything is planned. They think of the location, and the timing,” Thyone reportedly said.


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