LIMA – At least three suspected members of a band of bank robbers died and another was seriously wounded Thursday in a shootout with police in Lima’s Ate-Vitarte district, Peruvian Interior Minister Daniel Urresti said.
Urresti said that two Colombian citizens belonged to the band, but he did not specify if they were among the dead.
“This band ... with two Colombians, was going to (stage a robbery) Thursday, but upon noting the police presence they fled and crossed paths with the patrolmen. An armed confrontation ensued and three criminals died, one in the automobile with weapons and two who entered a building with military grenades,” the minister told the RPP Noticias media outlet.
The clash came about 11:25 a.m. and security forces cordoned off the zone to carry out the investigation of the incident, while the wounded man was taken to a medical facility in Lima in serious condition.
“Approximately nine days ago, as a result of intelligence work, we learned that an attack was going to be made on a financial institution or on people with large sums of money. Therefore, it was ordered that surveillance would be increased in this zone,” Urresti said.
The minister said that two other members of the band managed to escape and that police are searching for them.