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Six bodies found on shore near Rio's Sugarloaf Mountain: officials

AFP  |  Rio de Janeiro 

Six bodies were found today on the seashore near Rio de Janeiro's iconic Mountain and cable-car ride, the fire department said.

"They were stuck in the rocks, on the shore," a said.

Police were investigating the grisly discovery and did not say how the deaths occurred.

However, the inaccessible area near the dramatic cliffs of the was the scene of fierce clashes Friday between drug gangsters and

Shooting was so intense at one stage that the running to the top of the had to be shut down.

Police said they clashed with gangs in the poverty-stricken favelas on the hills overlooking Leme, a posh area at the end of

After the armed gang members fled into the woods, they apparently went toward the Sugarloaf shore area, where they were hunted by police in helicopters and on jet skis.

Six rifles said to have belonged to the gang members were seized and shown to the media.

Nearly two years after hosting the Olympics, is experiencing a surge in violence.

At the end of February, put the in charge of the police, though no real reduction in insecurity has resulted.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 00:55 IST
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