25 killed in Brazil shootout
Published: 11:29 AM, 7 May 2021 Updated: 11:32 AM, 7 May 2021
Rio de Janeiro police launched a drive after receiving reports that drug traffickers were recruiting children for their gang; The shootout killed 25 people including a police officer; Photo: Collected
At least 25 people including a police officer have been killed in a shootout in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Two passengers on a metro train were hit by bullets but survived.
According to BBC, citing the local media, the shootout took place during a police drive in a favela in the Jacarezinho area of the city on Thursday afternoon local time.
The BBC reported that the police launched the drive after receiving reports that drug traffickers were “recruiting children” for their gang.
The local news says the gang targeted in this raid engages in drug trafficking, mugging, murders and kidnappings.
Television images showed suspects trying to escape across rooftops as police entered the favela.
Meanwhile, police chief Ronaldo Oliveira told Reuters that Thursday’s raid was the “largest number of deaths in a police operation in Rio.”
Rio de Janeiro is the most violent state in Brazil. A large area of the state is under the control of criminal gangs. These gangs are associated with powerful drug trafficking groups.