(BRAZIL) JUST IN: Armed gang members in the country have taken a number of people hostage during their getaway following a bank robbery in the city of Araçatuba #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.30: Bank robberies involving shoot-outs and hostage-takings have become more frequent in recent years, with hostages used as “human shields”

#AceDailyNews says that Brazil bank robbers tie hostages to getaway cars online footage recorded by locals shows getaway vehicles with people tied to their roofs and hoods: Police said that at least three people were killed, among them one suspect.

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The gang had at least 50 heavily armed members, according to police officials: The mayor of Araçatuba, Dilador Borges, said police had struggled to intervene.

“The police can’t go on the attack, they can’t confront them because there are too many lives on the line,” he told Band TV. 

He said he did not know if the robbers had freed the hostages yet but said the security forces had retaken control of the city centre.

The mayor also urged people to stay indoors, warning that the robbers had placed explosive devices across the city. He said he had phoned the state governor to ask for reinforcements to be deployed to Araçatuba.

How did the robbery unfold?

A gang of heavily armed men attacked three banks in the centre of Araçatuba in the early hours of Monday local time. 

After the robbery, the gang took a number of hostages and surrounded the local military police station. Gang members also blocked key access roads into the city by setting cars alight, local media reported.

Record TV journalist Yuri Macri posted video he said showed two of the getaway cars. The first has a person tied to its roof and another to its hood, while in the second, a person can be seen crouching on the hood. 

CCTV footage posted by another Twitter user shows multiple cars driving through the city, some with people tied to the hoods, while another person can be seen holding up his hands while standing up through the van’s sun roof. Many residents reported hearing gunfire and even the sound of explosions. Police have confirmed the deaths of one suspect and two other people but did not release further information about how they died. Three others were injured.They also said two suspects had been arrested. It is not clear how much money the attackers took but some videos purport to show a resident gathering bank notes in the street.

News site G1 reports that the gang used drones to monitor the movements of the police from the air. It is not the first time Araçatuba has been targeted by bank robbers. In 2017, criminals took control of various strategic spots throughout the city, attacked police stations and blocked roads as part of their robbery of a private security firm. Raid is part of a growing trend

These well-planned robberies are part of a phenomenon Brazilians call New “Cangaço”, referring to a term first used to describe the banditry that plagued parts of Brazil in the 1920s and 1930s.Small and medium-sized cities have been the preferred targets. According to security expert Guaracy Mingardi these large-scale robberies started becoming more frequent around 2015.

The targets are banks and firms that store and transport valuables.Dozens of criminals take part in a single raid, many of them heavily armed with machine guns and sometimes explosives.

While most of the raids have been carried out in Brazil, there has been at least one instance where a Brazilian gang carried out a spectacular robbery in neighbouring Paraguay.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Aug.30: 2021:

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CHECHNYA: ‘ THREE POLICEMEN KILLED APPREHENDING ARMED GROUP ‘

#AceWorldNews – CHECHNYA – Dec.04 – Three policemen have been killed while trying to apprehend a car full of alleged members of an illegal armed group in the city of Grozny, representative of law enforcement in Russia’s Republic of Chechnya told RIA Novosti. 

The incident happened as a police patrol unit tried to stop a suspicious car in the city centre.

Three men inside the car opened fire, killing three officers.

The suspected militants are now trapped inside the Press House in the city centre, police are trying to neutralize them.

#ANS2014 

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‘ NORWEGIAN POLICE WILL BE ARMED FOR FIRST TIME OVER RISK OF TERRORIST ATTACKS ‘

#AceWorldNews – NORWAY – Nov.25 – Norway will give its usually unarmed police force firearms for the next month, AFP reported.

The move comes in response to the “likely” risk of a terrorist attack.

“Uniformed officers on surveillance and intervention duties will carry gun starting today,” Norway’s National Police Directorate said on Tuesday.

The reason has to do with the risk assessment by PST (Norwegian intelligence services), “which indicates that the police and the army are possible targets of terrorist attacks,” according to the statement.

#ANS2014 

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‘IRAQI MILITARY ARE PLANNING 80,000 TROOPS ADVANCE TO LIBERATE MOSUL ‘

#AceNewsServices – MOSUL – Nov.18 – An Iraqi military operation to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will be launched at the start of the new year, Iraq’s Nineveh governorate council has announced.

Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, council member Ghazwan Hamid said around 80,000 troops will be involved in the offensive, and that preparations for the operation were already under-way.

Iraqi soldiers who fled their posts in Mosul upon the city’s capture by ISIS back in June will be reintroduced into the Iraqi Army as part of the operation, Hamid said.

Members of the Nineveh police force will also be involved, as will fighters from the Kurdish Peshmerga, “who will be contributing to the operation by capturing the Nineveh plains area [which borders the northern and eastern regions of Mosul], and then surrounding the city from every direction.”

Training camps for the operation have now been set up in the Kurdistan region, Hamid said, adding that many of those currently being trained were previously members of the Iraqi armed forces.

“As for the rest, they comprise volunteers and members of Nineveh’s police force, all of whom need intense training in order to ready them for the upcoming battle,” he said.

Mosul is the Nineveh governorate’s capital city.

#ANS2014 

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” Venezuelan Offices of the `Opposition Party Popular Will’ have been raided to arrest their Founder ”

#AceWorldNews says Venezuelan military intelligence officers are reported to have raided the headquarters of the country’s opposition party, Popular Will.

Several of the party’s officials alleged armed officers arrived at the office, threw tear gas, and attempted to remove several individuals from the premises.

“The intelligence officers arrived and began to harass us,” said party activist Adriangela Ruiz. Security camera footage provided by Popular Will, which has not been independently verified, showed officers entering the party’s offices armed with guns.

Venezuela’s government has issued an arrest warrant for Leopoldo Lopez, Popular Will’s founder, who has been accused by the Maduro administration of inciting violence and acts of terrorism.

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Russia: ” Crime Lord Known as the `Black Widow’ and Seven Armed Militants Killed in Dagestan”

#AceWorldNews says that seven armed militants, including a “crime lord” and a woman believed to have been trained as a future suicide bomber were eliminated in a counter-terrorist operation in Makhachkala, the capital of the North Caucasus republic of Dagestan on Saturday, Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) reported. The militants, suspected in carrying out twin blasts at a local restaurant Friday, were surrounded in a house near Makhachkala.
Following negotiations they let a woman with three children leave the building and opened fire in attempt to break through the cordon of security forces. The standoff resulted in the house being stormed and the death of the inhabitants, according to the NAC. One of the militants killed turned out to be a 26-year-old widow of another local crime boss killed by security forces earlier, and she had supposedly been preparing to carry out a suicide bombing, the committee said.

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