11 dead, vast police sweep in notorious Rio slum
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.