Brazil robbers set up hostages to strapped hostages in getaway cars.
Officials say that three banks were attacked by heavily armed bank robbers Monday morning. They also set fire to vehicles and tied hostages to their escape cars.
On Monday, a gang of Brazilian armed robbers carried out a series of bank heists that resulted in the death of several people using human shields attached to their getaway cars.
Banks in Aracatuba, a small city in the northwest state of Sao Paulo, were attacked by attackers on Monday morning.
The robbers placed bombs throughout the city to distract the police. According to police, one man sustained serious injuries when the bombs were detonated. He lost both of his feet.
The heavily armed robbers took hostages and held three banks hostage during the chaos.
Police said the hostages were tied to 10 cars’ roofs and hoods to serve as human shields.
According to Sao Paulo’s military police, three people were killed in the incident. Two of them were victims. One was a suspected robber. Two suspects were also arrested and taken to prison. Five other people were injured.
More than 380 police officers are currently searching for more than 12 suspects still at large. After the explosions, school classes were cancelled in the city of approximately 200,000 people.
“They [the criminals] knew that one bank had large amounts of money, so they went to the capital,” Alvaro Batista Camilo, Sao Paulo’s public security secretary, told CNN affiliate CNN Brazil.
According to Reuters, police said that the attackers included more than 20 men with heavy weapons. They also claimed that the robbers used the drones as surveillance equipment when they entered the city.
Reuters reported that people were urged to stay in their homes until all explosives had been found and deactivated.
This is the latest of a series of bank heists that have occurred in Brazil. According to Reuters, there were two similar raids in December on consecutive days, in Cameta and Criciuma. Both targeted branches of Banco do Brasil.
Rodrigo Pedroso, CNN’s reporter from Sao Paulo, and Lianne Kolirin, a London-based journalist, reported on the story.