Brazil – 25 killed in a shootout as Rio de Janeiro Police raid on drug gang

Brazil - 25 killed in a shootout as Rio de Janeiro Police raid on drug gang

Brazil – 25 killed in a shootout as Rio de Janeiro Police raid on drug gang

At least 25 people, including a police officer, were killed in a shootout on Thursday during an operation against drug traffickers in Rio de Janeiro’s Jacarezinho slum, police said.

Suspects tried to escape across rooftops as police entered the slum in armored vehicles and helicopters flew overhead. It was the deadliest single police operation in the state of Rio de Janeiro, which has suffered for decades from drug violence in its poor neighborhoods known as favelas.

Police said that among the dead in Jacarezinho were leaders of the drug trafficking gang that dominated life in the slum. At least 10 suspects were arrested, they said. 

Police launched the operation after receiving reports that drug traffickers were recruiting children for their gang. According to local news, the gang targeted in this raid engages in drug trafficking, mugging, murders and kidnappings.