At least 25 suspected bank robbers killed in clashes with Brazilian police

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RIO DE JANEIRO – At least 25 suspected bank robbers were killed in two clashes with Brazilian police, Minas Gerais authorities said Sunday.

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The two incidents near the city of Varginha in Minas Gerais state were the result of a joint operation between the Minas Gerais state police and the federal highway police to take down a gang of bank robbers that had staged several brazen attacks. in the region. In one of the shootings 18 suspects died, while in the second seven died.

Layla Brunnela, a spokeswoman for the Minas Gerais state police, said intelligence agents had been monitoring the group for some time. He said police detained large-caliber weapons, explosives and bulletproof vests during the clashes.

Brazilian bank robbers have carried out a series of audacious raids across the country this year, targeting banks in smaller regional cities that have acted as cash deposits.

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