A gang shootout between gang members and police left 25 people dead including one police officer in Rio De Janeiro.
The firefight reportedly started after police launched an operation at a favela in the Jacarezinho area of the city.
According to the Brazilian police, they received reports that gangs were recruiting children.
Brazilian police inspector Andre Leonardo de Mello Frias confirmed that an officer was slain during the encounter.
There are no details yet on the identities of the victims but two passengers on a subway train were shot but survived.
Police said 10 suspects were arrested during the raid while two officers were wounded.
“This is the largest number of deaths in a police operation in Rio, surpassing 19 at Complexo do Alemão slum in 2007, except we did not lose one of ours in that action,” said police chief Ronaldo Oliveira.
© Fourth Estate
® — All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.