25 armed robbers are killed by Brazilian officers in brutal exchange of fire

25 armed robbers are killed by Brazilian officers in brutal exchange of fire: Criminals with ‘weapons of war’ are shot down in bloody fighting by bank robber gangs

  • 50 military policemen carried out raids on two farms outside the town of Varginha
  • 25 gangsters were killed and there were no injuries, police said
  • Pictures showed a large stockpile of combat rifles, shotguns and ammunition
  • Police said the thugs specialized in robbing banks and ATMs










Twenty-five armed robbers have been killed by Brazilian police in a brutal exchange of gunfire after a series of bank thefts.

Fifty police officers raided two farms outside the southern city of Varginha on Sunday after being tipped off that thieves were preparing attacks on several local bank branches.

“Our idea was to make arrests, but from the moment they recognized our presence, the fight started,” Aristides Amaral Junior, a spokesman for the motorway police, told Globo. ‘They had weapons of war. Tons of gasoline, explosives. ‘

Eighteen suspects were killed on the first farm and seven on the second. There were no casualties among the security forces.

Pictures showed a large arsenal of combat rifles, shotguns and ammunition seized in the battle.

Police found a number of weapons, ammunition, petrol and explosives as well as stolen cars after the raid on two farms outside the southern city of Varginha

Police found a number of weapons, ammunition, petrol and explosives as well as stolen cars after the raid on two farms outside the southern city of Varginha

The military seized a pile of weapons from the robbers with combat rifles and shotguns lined up in front of a pile of magazines

The military seized a pile of weapons from the robbers with combat rifles and shotguns lined up in front of a pile of magazines

A high-powered rifle seized by military police after the raid on two farms near Varginha, Minas Gerais State

A high-powered rifle seized by military police after the raid on two farms near Varginha, Minas Gerais State

Brazil has been subjected to a wave of complicated and professional bank robberies, called ‘the new banditry’, which involves tactics of shock and awe and the deployment of modern weapons and gadgets.

The robbery is choreographed to precision and follows a similar pattern: at the end of the month, when the boxes are filled with cash, heavily armed gangsters storm into the cities at night, drop explosives and fire weapons to ward off the police before smashing them in. at the local bank.

Experts say the force demonstration is designed to panic local police forces, who believe they have no firepower or manpower to intervene.

In late August, the group that police raided on Sunday caused chaos in the town of Araçatuba, blew up vehicles in the air and tied hostages to their cars during raids on several banks.

Three people were killed in pandemonium.

“In Araçatuba, the vehicles were painted black,” Rodolfo César Morotti Fernandes, a spokesman for an elite Brazilian police force that helped with the operation, told local media.

“One of the vehicles we apprehended was already being painted black and we found black spray paint showing the resemblance.”

Officers say the group also sparked chaos in the town of Criciúma in southern Santa Catarina, where at least 30 gangsters in 10 cars stormed a police station and stopped the Banco do Brasil.

Officials called it the largest bank robbery in the state’s history.

After Sunday’s raid on the farms, Captain Layla Brunnela from the military police said: ‘This is probably our biggest operation against this type of crime in the country.

‘Many suspects were going to rob banks and were surprised by our intelligence service.’

So, ‘when we started the operation, we were shot at, so the military had to react to the unjust attack to protect their lives,’ Lieutenant Colonel Rodolfo Morotti Fernandes, chief of the police special operations battalion, told a briefing in Minas Gerais.

The death toll in the raid again puts the Brazilian police in the spotlight, who have a fearsome reputation for not giving in to violence.

In May, there were international headlines when a dawn raid on a favela in Rio de Janeiro left 25 people dead.

Creepy images had shown family homes filled with blood after wounded gangsters fleeing the police crawled into people’s living rooms to bleed to death.

The incident led to protests and allegations that police had summarily executed the alleged criminals. Police have denied the allegations.

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