Brazilian police have killed 11 armed robbers as part of a 25-strong gang who stormed banks in five armoured cars on the outskirts of Sao Paulo.
Armed with assault rifles, pistols, revolvers and 12-gauge shotguns, the gangsters laid explosives to try and blow open ATMs at banks in Guararema, in Sao Paulo state, early on Thursday morning.
The police rushed to the scene to find them laying bombs by ATM machines at one of the bank branches next door to a police station.
The news follows Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s claims he would be tough on crime, stating in his election campaign: ‘We need to be really tough on crime to make criminals understand that they won’t enjoy impunity.’
The 11 dead men were shot during a hail of fire on a highway on the outskirts of the city and a reinforced Hyundai was left shredded by bullets.
No police officers were killed or wounded in the incident, and three suspects were arrested – the rest of the robbers escaped.
Police told Globo TV that two others fled an armoured Subaru and ran towards nearby woodland.