Mega-Robbery: Brazilian gang hits security vault in Paraguay

Brazilian gang blamed for heist in which a police officer was killed in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay's second city.

Mega-Robbery: Brazilian gang hits security vault in Paraguay

A gang of dozens of armed robbers have stolen several million dollars from a vault in Paraguay, in what local officials are dubbing the “robbery of the century”. Initial estimates placed the cash haul at around $40m, but a spokesman for Prosegur, the private security company targeted in the raid, denied these reports. Authorities did not release any information on how much money was stolen.

The culprits, who police said were from Brazil, killed one police officer during the Monday raid in Ciudad del Este, the South American country’s second-largest city.

Officials said three civilians were injured in a blaze of gunfire and torched vehicles during the three-hour attack. Three robbers were killed hours later in an ensuing gun battle with Brazilian police across the border, the Paraguayan Interior Ministry said.

Five members of the gang were arrested in Itaipulandia, 50 kilometres north of Ciudad del Este, the ministry added. The robbers, armed with assault rifles, used explosives to gain access to the vault at a cash-storage facility in the Paraguayan border city, which is known for its criminal gang activity.

Up to 80 people may have been involved in the attack, said Arsenio Correa, investigations chief in the city, told Associated Press.



Source : AP

Related Post

King of Spain Stepping Down After 38 Years
views 62
Spain's King Juan Carlos has announced that he will abdicate in favour of his son, making way for a "new generation". In a nationwide address, the kin...
Colorado shooting: Three killed, 9 injured in attack on abortion clinic
views 50
Police arrested a gunman who stormed a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday and opened fire with a rifle in an attack that...
7-year-old girl survives plane crash that kills 4 in USA
views 61
Washington: A seven-year-old girl walked free from the wreckage of a private plane that crashed in a wooded area of Kentucky on Friday killing four ot...
Toxic gas attack killed dozens of people in Syria
views 6
Several Syrian activist groups Saturday reported that a brutal attack on the remnants of the rebel-held city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta left dozens of...
Man attacks 20 people with an axe in Germany
views 74
A man has attacked more than 20 people with an axe after going on the rampage on a train in Germany, it has emerged. The train line near the city of ...

SHARE WHAT YOU THINK