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War Rages in Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro’s Largest Favela

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A war between rival drug gang factions has been raging in the streets and alleyways of Rocinha, the largest favela community in Rio de Janeiro, since last Sunday (September 17th). Violence of this scale has not been seen here since the pacification operation in 2011, and residents fear that there is no end in sight.

After hours of intense gun battles last night, state security forces say they have arrested a main figure, Luiz Alberto Santos de Moura, known as "Bob do Caju" this morning, Saturday September 23rd.

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