Rio Favela Raid Kills 18

Brazilian police said at least 18 people died during a raid in Complexo do Alemão, one of Rio de Janeiro’s most violent favelas on Thursday. 

Officials said sixteen of the dead were suspected criminals, while the other two casualties included a police officer and a bystander.  

According to police, the raid in Complexo do Alemão was to locate and arrest criminals who were planning operations in rival slums. 

Local media reported that around 400 officers were deployed in Complexo do Alemão backed up by ten bullet-proof vehicles and four helicopters. 

Reports also claimed that locals carried injured people into vehicles as police officers only watched. 

The police “don’t aim to arrest them, they aim to kill them, so if they’re injured, they think they don’t deserve help”, said Gilberto Santiago Lopes of the Anacrim Human Rights Commission. 

In May, deadly raids killed at least 22 people, including a female bystander in the Vila Cruzeiro favela. 


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