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Tensions High in Rio’s City of God Favela Community

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The situation in one of Rio’s larger favela communities, Cidade de Deus (City of God) remains very tense on Monday with residents reporting hearing gunfire during the early morning hours. Since Saturday residents have been in the middle of gunfire between police and two rivaling drug trafficking groups.

Saturday, a police helicopter crashed into the community, killing all four occupants. First reports were that it had been gunned down by local drug traffickers. Sunday morning the bodies of seven men, said to be local drug traffickers, were found with . . .

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