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article imageBrazil arrests 14 over explosive Paraguay heist

By AFP     Apr 26, 2017 in World

Brazilian police said Wednesday they had arrested 14 people and seized more than a million dollars of stolen cash after an explosive heist by suspected Brazilian gangsters in neighboring Paraguay.

Dubbed "the robbery of the century" by officials, Monday's raid in the city of Ciudad del Este near the Brazilian border left three robbers and a policeman dead.

The robbers made off with $8 million, said Prosegur, the secure cash-transporting company targeted in the operation which saw some 50 gunmen with explosives and military-grade weaponry blast into a secure vault.

An assault rifle and money seized on April 24  2017  after the robbery in Ciudad del Este  Brazil
An assault rifle and money seized on April 24, 2017, after the robbery in Ciudad del Este, Brazil
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On Wednesday Brazilian federal police said in a report they had seized the equivalent of about $1.4 million in various currencies as well as firearms and explosives.

An official of the force told AFP on Wednesday that two more suspects had been arrested over the heist, bringing to 14 the total arrested since the raid.

The gunmen included members of First Capital Command, one of Brazil's most powerful drug gangs, police said.

Shocked Paraguayan officials said it was an unprecedented incident for Ciudad del Este, a trading hub near the borders of Brazil and Argentina in an area linked to drug gangs.

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