RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Police in Brazil's Amazonas state said that they engaged in a shootout with over 50 criminals following a fight for territory between drug gangs, leaving 17 alleged traffickers dead.
Local witnesses said that the shooting started early Wednesday morning in the Crespo region of Amazonas' capital city Manaus. The area is known for ongoing violence between different drug cartels fighting for control of the lucrative drug market.
Authorities said they were responding to intelligence that 50 armed men belonging to the Familia do Norte drug cartel were en route to Crespo. Their goal was to . . .