11 dead, vast police sweep in no­to­ri­ous Rio slum

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Police in Rio launched a vast op­er­a­tion in the City of God slum, where seven youths were found killed a day af­ter four police of­fi­cers died when their heli­copter crashed nearby. Police de­scribed the huge pub­lic safety op­er­a­tion, which in­cludes an ar­moured ve­hi­cle, as be­ing open-ended. Lo­cals ac­cused police of ex­e­cut­ing the seven, whose bod­ies were said to show signs of tor­ture. At least three peo­ple have been ar­rested in the lat­est sweep, police said, adding that drugs and weapons had been seized. The crash took place late Novem­ber 19 when the police, backed by two heli­copters hov­er­ing over­head, en­tered the densely pop­u­lated area af­ter drug traf­fick­ers blocked a road, set­ting fire to trash and tires.

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