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Military Police Enter Rio’s Rocinha Favela After Gangs Clash

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Dozens of security officers entered Rocinha, one of Brazil’s largest favela communities, early Monday morning to try to arrest the leaders from rival drug gangs, responsible for hours of gunfire and tension on Sunday.

Rival groups are reportedly battling to see who takes control of the drug trafficking business in Rio's most notorious favela, putting residents in the middle of a deadly turf war.

It was still dark outside when men from the Military’s Special Operations Command pulled up at one of the entrances of the community . . .

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