BRASILIA, Brazil: Brazilian police killed 13 men suspected of plotting to rob a bank in the northeastern city of Salvador on Friday, officials said.
“A group of 30 men was planning to rob a bank branch” and opened fire on police when they approached after receiving a tip, said the Bahia state headquarters of the military police.
Three suspects and a police sergeant were also wounded in the ensuing shootout, police said.
Two of the wounded suspects are in hospital in serious condition.
The rest of the group escaped.
Police said they seized high caliber guns and drugs after the shootout.
An investigation has been opened into the incident.
A police source said officers have been working together with the intelligence services to prevent attacks on ATMs in Bahia state.
Brazil’s police have come in for criticism for using excessive force in their bid to control violent crime in the country’s impoverished neighborhoods.
But Bahia public security secretary Mauricio Barbosa defended Friday’s operation.