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Major Police Operation in Cidade de Deus Closes 16 Schools

By Benjamin Parkin, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Police carried out a major operation in Cidade de Deus (City of God), Zona Oeste (West Zone), on Monday, in response to an attack on the local UPP (Police Pacifying Unit) station. Officer Vinícius Salles de Oliveira was shot in the attack on Sunday night, allegedly retaliation for the shooting of a drug trafficker early that day.

On the same night, reports indicate three other officers were shot elsewhere in the Zona Oeste, and the previous Tuesday another Cidade de Deus UPP officer was shot.

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