Angry fans torch buses in Brazil

It is alleged that several buses were set alight and an electronics store was looted in Sao Paulo.

FILE: It is alleged that several buses were set alight and an electronics store was looted in Sao Paulo on Tuesday. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

SAO PAULO - Brazilian police were on high alert following their country's humiliating exit from the 2014 Fifa World Cup as they feared angry fans could riot after the defeat.

It is alleged that several buses were set alight and an electronics store was looted in Sao Paulo on Tuesday following Brazil's 7-1 defeat to Germany.

Police did not give a figure, but a local newspaper said some 20 buses were torched in a garage where unused vehicles were stored.

Another three buses were set ablaze in other parts of the city.

Police did not confirm whether the fires were linked to Brazil's defeat to Germany in the semifinal.

"This is under investigation," a state militarised police spokesman told AFP.

Looters ransacked an electronics store in the east of the city.

Buses are often burned by robbers or as a form of protest in Brazil.