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Brazil police arrest 9 men suspected of stealing millions

  • Guards and police inspect a vault that the assailants blew up early morning in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, Monday, April 24, 2017. Dozens of attackers armed with assault rifles used explosives to blast open the vault of an armored car company early Monday and apparently escaped by boat into Brazil with a haul of cash, authorities said. (Mariana Ladaga/Diario ABC Color via AP)

    Guards and police inspect a vault that the assailants blew up early morning in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, Monday, April 24, 2017. Dozens of attackers armed with assault rifles used explosives to blast open the vault of an armored car company early Monday and apparently escaped by boat into Brazil with a haul of cash, authorities said. (Mariana Ladaga/Diario ABC Color via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A vehicle burns after thieves set it on fire during their escape in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, Monday, April 24, 2017. According to reports, dozens of attackers armed with assault rifles used explosives to blast open the vault of an armored car company early Monday and apparently escaped by boat into Brazil with a haul of cash. (Mariana Ladaga/Diario ABC Color via AP)

    A vehicle burns after thieves set it on fire during their escape in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, Monday, April 24, 2017. According to reports, dozens of attackers armed with assault rifles used explosives to blast open the vault of an armored car company early Monday and apparently escaped by boat into Brazil with a haul of cash. (Mariana Ladaga/Diario ABC Color via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police inspect a boat that assailants used to escape after a massive armored car company robbery, in the Parana River, border with Brazil and Paraguay, Monday, April 24, 2017. A gang of over 50 armed bandits stole several million dollars from a vault in Paraguay, in what local officials are dubbing the "robbery of the century". The culprits, who police said were from Brazil, killed one police officer during the Monday raid. (Roberto Zarza/Diario ABC Color via AP)

    Police inspect a boat that assailants used to escape after a massive armored car company robbery, in the Parana River, border with Brazil and Paraguay, Monday, April 24, 2017. A gang of over 50 armed bandits stole several million dollars from a vault in Paraguay, in what local officials are dubbing the "robbery of the century". The culprits, who police said were from Brazil, killed one police officer during the Monday raid. (Roberto Zarza/Diario ABC Color via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Brazil's Federal Police say they have arrested nine men suspected of stealing millions of dollars in an explosive assault of an armored car company in neighboring Paraguay.

Regional federal police inspector Fabiano Bordignon said at a Tuesday news conference that the nine are suspected of being among the estimated 50 men who used assault rifles and explosives to blast open the vault of the armored car company across the border in Ciudad del Este and then escaped into Brazil.

Bordignon said the amount stolen would be announced later in the day. Some local news media say about $40 million was stolen.