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6 shot dead as police in Rio hunt for killers of police officer

Feb. 4, 2014 at 5:20 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Six alleged drug gang members have been killed in Rio de Janeiro as police searched for the killers of a young female officer, authorities said Tuesday.

Military police conducted raids in several neighborhoods in the city, O Globo reported. Two police officers were wounded in clashes.

Alda Rafael Castillo, 26, was shot in the back Sunday in an attack on a police base and died of her injuries at a hospital. Officials said she had been a member of the military police since 2012 and was studying psychology.

Another police officer and two bystanders were wounded.

Investigators said that weapons, including an AK-47, and equipment used to package drugs have been seized in the raids Monday and Tuesday.

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