Viracopos Airport Robbery Ends with 3 Killed and 5 Injured

Mother and baby were taken hostage and kidnapper was killed by police; flights were affected

Rogério Pagnan Fabrício Lobel
São Paulo

A mega-robbery of a load of money at the Viracopos International Airport in Campinas, on Thursday (17), led to flight cancellations, roadblocks and ended with three dead criminals and five injured people. Four of them were security guards, and police officers hit during clashes that lasted for hours.

Police officers are seen near a site where an armed gang holds people hostage after they robbed a securities company at the Viracopos airport freight terminal, in Campinas near Sao Paulo, Brazil October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Rahel Patrasso - REUTERS

A woman was taken hostage with her ten-month-old daughter in a house on the outskirts of Campinas. She was allegedly injured in the buttocks by projectile shrapnel when a PM sniper killed a criminal.

According to information from the Military Police, the robbery began shortly before 10 am, when security guards at the securities company Brinks were transferring cash from a vault to a freighter.

The company or the police did not report the amount involved.

At least ten bandits arrived in cloned cars from the Federal Police and the Air Force, and when they announced the robbery, gunfire began. One security guard was shot in the leg and another in the ear.

In the escape, the criminals took hostage a PM sergeant working at the airport. The criminals strapped him to the hood of the car as a kind of human shield.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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