At the very least 5 hostages, together with a baby, have died as armed police battled robbers who tried to raid two banks in north-east Brazil.
Six robbers additionally died when police engaged them in a gun battle within the metropolis of Milagres, reviews say.
The mayor of Milagres mentioned the hostages have been killed by their captors as police moved in.
Two suspected robbers have been additionally arrested within the operation, Brazilian media reported.
4 of the hostages, together with the kid, have been all from the identical household, metropolis mayor Lielson Landim informed Radio Band Information.
Based on preliminary reviews, police had shocked the robbers within the early hours of the morning and engaged them in a shootout. The gang then fled, grabbing the hostages on their approach.
Some media reviews put the demise toll at 13.