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No less than 5 hostages, together with a toddler, have died as armed police battled robbers who had tried to raid two banks in north-east Brazil.

Six robbers additionally died when police engaged them in a gun battle within the metropolis of Milagres, reviews say.

The mayor of Milagres, in Ceara state, stated the hostages had been killed by their captors as police moved in.

Two suspected robbers had been additionally arrested within the operation, Brazilian media reported.

4 of the hostages, together with the kid, had been all from the identical household, metropolis mayor Lielson Landim instructed Radio Band Information.

In accordance with preliminary reviews, police stunned the robbers within the early hours of the morning and engaged them in a shootout. The gang then fled, grabbing the hostages on their method.

Some media reviews put the demise toll at 13.

Mr Landim, quoted by Brazil’s Globo newspaper, stated the gang had blocked a street with a truck and seized the household from a automobile that was pressured to cease.

“The criminals killed the hostages and the police killed the criminals,” he added.

Safety officers stated police had seized weapons and explosives utilized by the gang. Three automobiles had been used within the tried robberies on two financial institution branches, they added.