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7 killed in Rio favela police operation: Brazil military

AFP  |  Sao Paulo 

Seven people were killed during a police operation this morning in the violent Rio de Janeiro favela of Rocinha, authorities said.

The military police, currently operating across Rio de Janeiro state, said troops were patrolling two areas in the south and southeast of the favela when "they entered into a confrontation with criminals."

The force, which gave no more details, initially said on Twitter that six suspected criminals were wounded and taken to a local hospital.

It later confirmed they died of their injuries and added a seventh fatality.

After the incident police said a rifle, seven pistols and two grenades were seized.

Around 100,000 people live in the Rocinha favela, mostly in unsanitary conditions.

Since September, it has seen several confrontations during an ongoing turf war between narco gangs seeking control of drug trafficking in the area.

Public security in the state of Rio has since last month been under controversial military control ordered by President Michel Temer, who cited a breakdown in law and order.

But there has been little evidence that the situation is coming under greater control.

Last week, a one-year-old toddler was killed in a shootout between police and drug gang members in the Alemao favela days after the assassination-style shooting of Marielle Franco, a city councilwoman known for her outspoken protests against police brutality.

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First Published: Sun, March 25 2018. 00:15 IST