RIO DE JANEIRO— Brazilian authorities say that at least 12 people have been killed in two attempted bank robberies.
Military police in the northeastern state of Ceara say the attempted heists began around 2:30 a.m. Friday in the downtown area of the city of Milagres.
The robbers at one bank had taken several people hostage when police surrounded the area. A firefight broke out, leaving several dead. Authorities have yet to identify the dead.