Police operation in Rio favela leaves at least eight people dead

Allegations that some of the victims were innocent residents executed in a revenge mission after a police officer was killed there

A police operation in a Rio favela has left at least eight people dead amid allegations that some of the victims were innocent residents executed in a revenge mission after a police officer was killed there this week. Police said they were attacked by drug gangsters.

The bloody operation in the Rocinha favela, located near postcard beaches like Leblon, came six months after the army briefly occupied the favela following a week of gun battles between rival drug gangs, and five weeks after president Michel Temer put the military in charge of Rio security .

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Original published: 2018-03-25 16:01:37 Read the full Rio De Janeiro News here


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