Huge bank robbery rocks small city in Brazil Dec 02, 2020 0 359 12345 AFPRio de JaneiroAround 30 armed attackers staged a military-style assault on Tuesday on a bank in southern Brazil, detonating explosives, taking hostages, exchanging gunfire with police and escaping with an undisclosed amount of money, authorities said.The bank robbers struck just after midnight in the city of Criciuma, population 217,000, blocking streets to secure their escape route and terrifying residents.“It was an extremely violent operation. Around 30 criminals carried out the attack, using heavy weapons and explosives,” police commissioner Anselmo Cruz told TV network Globo.A policeman and a security guard were wounded.The robbers used explosives to blow the bank vault open, then fled in a convoy of vehicles, officials said.TV images from the crime scene showed a police bomb squad working the area with robots to clear it of around 30 kilos of explosives the robbers left behind.At one point, the robbers took a group of workers painting a street crossing hostage, forcing one to help carry the stolen cash, news site G1 reported.As the chase was under way, Mayor Clesio Salvaro took to social media to urge Criciuma residents to remain home because of a “large-scale assault.” Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES EU regulator to decide on Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 jab by Dec 29 Dec 02, 2020 0 320 US denounces China on N Korea sanctions as Trump hopes fade Dec 02, 2020 0 288 Deforestation in Amazon hits 12-year high Dec 02, 2020 0 34 Chinese probe lands on Moon to collect lunar samples Beijing: A Chinese probe sent to the Moon to bring back the first lunar samples in four decades successfully landed on Tuesday, Beijing’s space agency said. China has poured billions into its military-run space .. France plans coronavirus vaccination drive from April Paris: France aims to launch a major Covid-19 vaccination campaign between April and June next year, President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday. Early 2021 will see a first vaccination drive targeted at the most fragile and .. Facebook, YouTube blamed as Vietnam sees rise in jailed activists Hanoi: Amnesty International has taken aim at Facebook, YouTube and Google as the number of activists imprisoned for expressing their opinion online in Vietnam reaches a record high, a report said. In their first full .. Twitter rejects call to remove Chinese official’s fake Aus troops tweet AFP Sydney Twitter on Tuesday rebuffed Australian calls to remove a Beijing official’s incendiary tweet targeting Australian troops, as China doubled down on criticism in the face of mounting international .. Queen Elizabeth to miss family Christmas over virus fears London: Queen Elizabeth II, who has spent much of the coronavirus outbreak in self-isolation because of her age, will forego her traditional family Christmas, the royal household said on Tuesday. The 94-year-old ..