Huge robbery sparks gun battles in Paraguay and Brazil

Brazilian police that were stationed near the border with Paraguay have exchanged gunfire with members of a gang. To Paraguayan police these gang members have pulled off the robbery of the century. During the clash with police about three gang members were killed while two were injured. Early on Monday about 50 men came to Ciudad del Este, blew up the front of a private building and fired at police. They could have made off with about 40 million dollars. After escaping the shooting with police it was believed that the men traveled to Itaipulandia in Brazil where they were intercepted by Brazilian police. The police commenced another shoot out with about 12 men, many of which escaped. This connects to what we have covered in class since it focuses on gang violence within Latin America.

Fiona Nalepa