Money stuffed in a woman’s bra saved her life after she was shot aboard a bus in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia, local media reported.
The incident took place in Bahia’s capital, Salvador, where 58-year-old Ivonete Pereira was shot in the chest by one of two attackers who tried to rob the bus.
She was traveling to her summer home in the nearby town of Lauro de Freitas and because of frequent bus attacks in the region, she hid 150 reals (US$69) in 20- and 10-real notes inside the left side of her bra.
When the bus passed through the Boca do Rio neighborhood, the robbers suddenly announced their intention. A shootout followed with a police officer on the scene and a bullet hit Pereira.
Her bra was stuffed with just enough cash to absorb most of the impact, although she still had to be taken to hospital to have the bullet removed.
A retired sergeant was gunned down during the shooting with the assailants, who managed to escape.(AFP)
The city of Salvador has a reputation for being one of the happiest places in Brazil, due to its many outdoor parties and carnivals.