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Wave of Attacks on Busses Spreads to 17 Cities in Minas Gerais

06/05/2018 - 12h03

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CAROLINA LINHARES
FROM BELO HORIZONTE

A wave of 25 attacks on busses has spread to at least 17 municipalities in the State of Minas Gerais since Sunday (the 3rd) according to the Military Police (PM). In less than 24 hours, there have also been attacks against a police station, two bank branches and an ATM machine.

No injuries or deaths have been reported in any of the cases.

The most recent attack took place on Monday afternoon (the 4th) in Uberaba where a bus was taken out of circulation.

The PM announced that they have arrested 30 suspects, including eight flagrantly, as well as seizing a firearm. One of the theories under investigation is that of criminal factions being behind the acts.

According to a police Major, the attacks didn't specifically target Minas Gerais and could be connected to actions in the States of Rio Grande do Norte and São Paulo. The PM also announced that an intelligence operation was being coordinated to guide the investigation and that escorts would be provided for busses.

In a joint statement, military and civil police coordinators, firefighters, security secretaries and prison administrations have announced that they will be operating jointly to investigate the attacks and punish those responsible. The Federal Police and the Governor's Military Cabinet have also been mobilized.

Credito Jairo Chagas / Jornal da Manhã
 In Uberaba, busses were taken out of circulation
In Uberaba, busses were taken out of circulation

Translated by LLOYD HARDER

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