Police: 9 killed in Brazil cash machine shootout

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police in Brazil say nine members of a gang that specialized in blowing up automatic teller machines have been killed during a shootout with officers.

Police say 80 officers confronted at least 15 heavily armed men after they used dynamite early Saturday to blow up a cash machine in a rural area of Minas Gerais state.

Five other suspects were arrested and one escaped.

Three of the suspects were injured, and one officer was shot in the arm, but is in good condition.

Police say they've been investigating the gang for months, and were tipped off about a plan to blow up all five cash machines in the small town of Itamonte.

Brazil has seen similar crimes in recent years as automatic tellers are used increasingly in the country.

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