|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Brazil (Click here for more)

Brazilian Police Kill 3 during Sweep of Rio Slum

RIO DE JANEIRO – Three suspects were killed on Thursday during a police sweep of a sprawling Rio de Janeiro slum where five people died last week in fighting between gangs and security forces, Brazilian authorities said.

The operation was carried out following a pre-dawn attack on a police outpost in the Complexo do Alemão area, the Rio de Janeiro state police said.

The three dead suspects were in possession of handguns, grenades, and illegal drugs, according to police.

Four other suspects were wounded and one of them is under police guard at a hospital.

As the police operation unfolded, some 200 drivers of motorcycle taxis gathered to wave signs and chant slogans in favor of peace and against the 5-year-old police post, which some residents blame for the violence in their neighborhood.

Police subsequently said they obtained information showing that the protest was mounted as a diversion to allow drug dealers to flee.

Personnel from the coroner’s office needed more than two hours to remove the bodies of the slain suspects, as one of them was lying on top of an unexploded live grenade, police told EFE.

The violence forced six schools in the area to cancel classes, affecting nearly 5,600 students, O Globo newspaper reported.

Alemão was the scene last week of intense gunfights as gangs tried to prevent the installation of a fortified police observation tower.

 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2015 © All rights reserved