11 killed, including 5 hostages in Brazil bank robberies: Mayor

Eleven people -- six bank robbers and five hostages, including a child -- were killed on Friday in a pre-dawn assault on two banks in northeast Brazil foiled by police, the local mayor said.

 The violence erupted in the city of Milagres, in the northeastern state of Ceara, with a fierce pre-dawn shootout between the armed robbers and the police.

 "Our information from the hospital is 11 victims killed -- six bandits and five hostages," the mayor of Milagres, Lielson Landin, told Radio Band News.


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