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Deadly shoot-out in Rio de Janeiro shantytown leaves 3 dead

A police officer and two youths with alleged drug ties were killed Monday in a shootout in one of Rio de Janeiro's largest shanty towns.
By JC Finley   |   June 23, 2014 at 5:33 PM   |   Comments

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RIO DE JANEIRO, June 23 (UPI) -- A deadly shoot-out in one of Rio de Janeiro's shantytowns erupted early Monday, leaving three people dead.

Police and alleged drug traffickers exchanged fire in the Complexo do Alemao shantytown after police were shot at. The dead included two youths and a police officer. Another policeman was injured in the altercation.

O Globo reported a local policeman said, "They use radios to tell each other where there's a patrol and when they spot a small group of officers, they give orders to attack."

Complexo do Alemao, home to 100,000 people, is one of the largest favelas in Rio and the scene of frequent shootings.

Brazilian authorities have dedicated additional resources to ensure security during the World Cup.

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