In an attack on two banks in northeastern Brazil, eleven people were killed, including five hostages, said the mayor of the city.

Lielson Landin, Mayor of Milagres, said six robbers attacked the banks in Milagres on Friday shortly after two in the morning.

The six were killed in a violent gunfight with the police, which lasted about 20 minutes.

But five hostages were also killed, Landin told Radio Band News.

Four of the hostages, including one child, came from the same family, he added.

They had been seized by the robbers when they went to the airport to catch a flight.

Mr. Landin said that "the criminals killed the hostages and the police the criminals".

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