Police operation in Rio de Janeiro favela claims at least 18 lives

According to the police, the operation aimed to combat a criminal group allegedly responsible for bank, car, and cargo robberies in the Méier, Irajá, and Pavuna neighborhoods.. Officials say 16 suspects, a police officer, and a local resident died.

The Civil and Military Police of Rio de Janeiro confirmed Thursday night (21) the deaths of at least 18 people after a police operation in the Complexo do Alemão favela. This information was given in a conversation with journalists.

According to police officials, it involved 16 suspects, a police officer and a resident. The operation was carried out on Thursday morning by the battalions BOPE and Core.

The military police officer killed during the operation was 38-year-old sergeant Bruno de Paula Costa. According to the MP (Military Police), he worked in the region's UPP (Pacification Police . . .

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