REPORT: Over 20 Bank Robbers With Assault Rifles Take Large Portions Of City Hostage, Rob Another Bank

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Heavily armed bank robbers in Brazil invaded Cameta while taking residents hostage and looting a bank, The Los Angeles Times reported.

More than 20 criminals armed with assault rifles allegedly targeted a branch of the state-run Bank of Brazil in Cameta.

A military station nearby was reportedly attacked around the same time, which prevented officers from responding to the bank.

Video from social media allegedly showed a dozen hostages being led away from a square by the heavily armed criminals.

The latest attack in Cameta reportedly comes just one day after a similar robbery at another Bank of Brazil branch in Criciuma. (RELATED: REPORT: 30 Gunmen Storm Bank, Leave 2 Injured And Cash Scattered In Streets)

“Our city was always peaceful and I ask that everyone stay at home,” said Cameta Mayor Waldoli Valente, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Cassio Thyone, a board member for the Brazilian Forum on Public Safety, reportedly said that these robberies may have been orchestrated by one of the organized crime and drug-trafficking rings in the country.

As a result of the incident, two people were allegedly shot, including a young man who was killed by the gunfire.