Armed robbers in Brazil tied hostages to the roofs of their getaway cars in a series of deadly bank heists, reports say

A car burned in a deadly bank robbery in Brazil

Cars burned during a bank robbery are seen in Aracatuba, a city some 520 km from Sao Paulo, Brazil, on August 30, 2021 Lazaro Jr. / Hojemais Aracatuba / AFP

  • According to reports, a gang of armed robbers used hostages as human shields during a series of deadly bank robberies.

  • The group set fire to vehicles to close off access to major roads, the BBC reported.

  • Explosives were randomly placed in the city of Aracatuba. 3 people died.

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A gang of armed robbers in Brazil, according to reports, carried out a deadly series of bank robberies using human shields attached to the roofs of their getaway cars.

The robbers forced hostages to lie on the roofs of 10 of their vehicles and were shot if they did not cooperate. CNN reported.

“All I could think about was that I was going to die,” one of the hostages said during an interview with… Brazilian news site UOL.

The gang targeted three banks in Aracatuba, a small town in the state of Sao Paolo ., on Monday according to BBC.

The robbers successfully broke into two banks and damaged a third, the media added. It is not clear how much they were able to steal.

The BBC reported that, in addition to using human shields, the gang cut off access to major roads by setting vehicles on fire and placing remote-controlled explosives at 20 locations around the city.

Three people died, two of the victims and one a suspected mugger, local police told CNN.

Five others were injured, including a man who was cycling past when a bomb exploded and had both feet amputated, police said.

The group of armed robbers also used drones to monitor police activities, the BBC reported.

More than 380 police officers are investigating the deadly robbery and are trying to locate more than a dozen suspects, CNN reported.

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