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‘Under siege’: armed bank robbers launch assault on Brazilian city

'Under siege': armed bank robbers

Handfuls take part in firearm fight, light vehicles, hijack laborers and explode bank in Criciúma

Burglars equipped with military-grade weapons have laid attack to a city in southern Brazil, burning vehicles, capturing government laborers, exploding a bank and participating in a two-hour firearm fight as the chairman asked inhabitants to remain inside.

Clésio Salvaro, the civic chairman of Criciúma, told nearby media he previously learned of the “strange” hostile via web-based media soon after 12 PM on Tuesday.

Minutes sooner, a guard of extravagance vehicles including Audis, Land Rovers and BMWs had traveled into town conveying a unit of concealed marauders whose arsenal included 50-type rifles fit for bringing down helicopters.

As many clearly profoundly prepared shooters moved through the city and shots rang out, Salvaro distributed a video request to the city’s 220,000 occupants.

“Right now the city stays under attack. This is an assault of huge extents, [involving] very much prepared lawbreakers,” he said. “Along these lines, at the present time, the city hall leader of Criciúma is requesting that you stay in your homes – don’t go out. Be cautious and asylum in your home … Tell your family members and companions that no one must leave their homes. How about we let the police manage their responsibility.”

Geovânia de Sá, a neighborhood senator, said “a circumstance of war” was unfurling in the city and one columnist contrasted the hit with a western film. The news site G1 called the assault “a day break of dread”.

Cell phone recordings shot by froze inhabitants offered a brief look at the disorder. In one, a female storyteller wails as she films outfitted men traveling through the roads and shots repeating in the obscurity. “For hell’s sake,” she can be heard saying.

A screengrab from the video posted by Clésio Salvaro, the mayor of Criciúma

Mauricio Vefago, a nearby financial specialist, told the Band TV network he had bolted himself inside his shop when the shooting started at about 12 PM. “It was essentially the entire city. The sound of gunfire was coming from all sides,” he said.

Addressing the GloboNews broadcasting company, Salvaro said that in the wake of crashing into town the lawbreakers had “totally blockaded” the downtown area, obstructing all section focuses, including a passage connecting Criciúma with a neighboring city. Six city corridor laborers who had been painting zebra intersections at the hour of the activity were quickly held prisoner. Spike strips were purportedly used to thwart the police reaction.

  • A screengrab from the video posted by Clésio Salvaro, the civic chairman of Criciúma
  • A screengrab from the video posted by Clésio Salvaro, the civic chairman of Criciúma. Photo: Clésio Salvaro/Facebook

The posse’s objectives had all the earmarks of being neighborhood banks, at any rate one of which was apparently exploded with explosives.

Around over two hours after the attack started, the hoodlums vanished into the night, driving south in a 10-vehicle caravan. During their departure huge amounts of cash were abandoned, with one online media video indicating local people scrambling to gather the notes on the ground. The G1 site said four local people were captured in the wake of being seen grabbing 810,000 reais (£114,000) that had been relinquished when the lawbreakers fled.

Victor Bianco Cruz, a police boss in Criciúma, which is around 125 miles (200km) south of the city of Florianópolis, disclosed to Brazilian TV in any event 30 individuals had been associated with the burglary. “We’ve seen nothing like it. So much shooting. A very efficient posse with substantial weapons.”

The Folha de São Paulo paper said such assaults were progressively regular in different pieces of Brazil, highlighting comparably fantastic attacks in the inside of São Paulo state in urban areas, for example, Araraquara, Botucatu and Ourinhos.

Some consider such strikes a 21st-century adaptation of the cangaço – packs of Robin Hood-style criminals who wandered Brazil’s north-eastern hinterlands in the early piece of the only remaining century under the administration of an incredible thief called Lampião.

The “new cangaço” is believed to be generally crafted by Brazil’s most remarkable coordinated wrongdoing gathering, the Primeiro Comando da Capital (First Command of the Capital).