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Police operation causes “the biggest massacre in the history of Rio de Janeiro”

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A violent police operation carried out this Thursday, May 6, against a group of criminals in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, left at least 25 dead after an intense shootout and at a time when the Supreme Court had restricted this type of action in Brazil's favelas.

Official data indicate that one policeman lost his life minutes after being hit in the head and that 24 "suspects" died during the operation in the Jacarezinho favela.

Also injured were three uniformed officers and two civilians, who were hit by stray bullets as they were traveling . . .

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