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Assailants Attack City In Southern Brazil In Series Of Brazen Early Morning Heists

Over the course of two hours, several heavily armed men laid siege to the coastal city of Criciúma, where they blew up ATMs and took hostages.

An armed gang launched an early morning attack on a southern Brazilian city Tuesday. The group methodically set up road blocks before going on a bank robbing and hostage-taking spree that ended in a gunfight with police.

The men attacked the Southern BrazilianCriciúma, located more than 800 miles south of Rio de Janeiro, and robbed several banks early Tuesday morning. Two people, one a police officer, were injured during the siege.

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