Brazil: Shootout kills 6 as police hunt suspects in officer’s slaying / Vincent Bevins

At least six people were killed in a shootout with Brazilian police in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, authorities said, as officers sought to apprehend suspects in the slaying of a police officer two days earlier.

Two officers were wounded in the exchange of fire and three teenage boys were arrested, accused of drug trafficking and attempted homicide. Tuesday’s firefight and the death Sunday of officer Alda Rafael, who was shot in the back, are the latest setbacks for Rio’s “pacification” program. Since 2008, the effort has sought to take back slums from the control of armed drug gangs in the run-up to soccer’s World Cup in June and the Olympic Games in 2016. SEE MORE…

 

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