Nine drug suspects killed by police in Brazil

April 16th, 2008 - 4:08 pm ICT by admin  

Rio de Janeiro, April 16 (DPA) At least nine people were killed when a gunbattle erupted during a police drug raid on a Rio de Janeiro slum. The clashes, in which at least seven men were also injured, occurred Tuesday in the Vila Cruzeiro slum in northern Rio, media reports said, citing government authorities.

A police spokesman said all those killed were criminals.

The raid, in which 15 people were arrested and 200 heavily armed officers took part, continued into the night, more than 12 hours after it had begun.

It followed the deaths of 11 suspected criminals early this month in a police raid on drug-trafficking gangs in two Rio slums.

Police deployments in the metropolis’ slums have been criticized by human rights organizations and residents, who said innocent people and children nearly always become targets.

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