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A day apart, gunmen stormed two banks in the north and south of the country. They exchanged fire with the police, held hostages and took with them unknown sums of money. One hostage was killed



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Shooting, explosions and money in the streets: Bank robbers in Brazil up gear

A day apart, gunmen stormed two banks in the north and south of the country.

They exchanged fire with the police, held hostages and took with them unknown sums of money.

One hostage was killed

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In the video: Bank robbery scene in northern Brazil (from Twitter)

Dozens of armed robbers have stormed banks in two cities in Brazil in the past day, in a development that indicates an escalation in their scope, organization and aggression.



More than 20 gunmen stormed a bank in the northern town of Kamata in the early hours of Wednesday morning, took hostages, exchanged fire with police and killed one person before fleeing in a convoy of vehicles.

Documents posted on social media showed an exchange of fire on the streets of the town.

The victim is one of the hostages, and another local resident injured his leg and was taken to hospital.



About ten hostages were seen being led from a square in the city, where about 140,000 people live, to the sound of gunfire.

Local media reported that a military police station was attacked during the attack, which prevented police from responding.



"We pray that God will comfort the family of the young man who lost his life," said Mayor Waldoli Venleta in a Facebook post.

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Police carry a sack with a threshold left by armed robbers in the city of Krikioma, yesterday (Photo: AP)

The Ministry of Defense in the state of Praia said an abandoned getaway vehicle was found outside the town, with explosives inside.

It was also reported that there was silence in the town, after police forces arrived by plane and boat.

It is unclear how many hostages were taken and if all were released.

Authorities also did not say how much money was stolen from the bank.



Yesterday, gunmen stormed a bank in the southern Brazilian city of Caricioma.

They detonated explosives and fired at police officers.

Two people were injured, and much cash was left on the streets and collected by the locals.

The number of murders in Brazil is on the rise again (Photo: Reuters)

Brazil has a long history of daring bank robberies, which in recent years have encountered violent attacks.

Homicide rates in the country have dropped significantly since far-right president Jair Bolsonaro took office in 2019, but are on the rise again.

In the nine months of the year there were 32,298 murders, an increase of 4% compared to the same period last year.

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