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Tag: Rio favelas

  • Monday, August 7th 2017 - 21:14 UTC

    Brazilian army troops storm Rio favelas to crack crime gangs

    Troops target was to stop gangs behind a surge in brazen robberies of commercial trucks. Rio state authorities say there were 10,000 cases of cargo theft last year.

    Thousands of Brazilian army troops raided Rio de Janeiro slums in a pre-dawn crackdown on crime gangs over the weekend, leaving parts of the city looking like a war zone on the first anniversary of the opening of the Olympic Games. Five favelas were targeted by around 1,300 police and 3,600 troops in a sweep starting at 4 a.m., the Rio state security service said in a statement.