Brasília: Brazilian police killed 13 men suspected of plotting to rob a bank in the northeastern city of Salvador on Friday, officials said.
"A group of 30 men was planning to rob a bank branch" and opened fire on police when they approached after receiving a tip-off, said the Bahia state headquarters of the military police.
Three suspects and a police sergeant were also wounded in the ensuing shoot-out, police said.
Two of the wounded suspects are in hospital in serious condition. The rest of the group escaped.
Police said they seized high-caliber guns and drugs after the shoot-out.
An investigation has been opened into the incident.
A police source said officers have been working together with the intelligence services to prevent attacks on ATMs in Bahia state.