Brazil: at least 12 killed in shootout during attempted bank robbery

Two children were among the dead after a firefight between police and criminal group in north-eastern Brazil

At least 12 people, including two children, were killed on Friday when a shootout broke out between police and bank robbers attempting to blow up ATMs, according to authorities in north-eastern Brazil.

Six hostages, among them two children, died in the shooting, local media reported, when police opened fire on the robbers at bank branches on the main street in Milagres in the interior of Ceará state.

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