Deaths in Brazil drug violence

Helicopter downed and 12 people killed in clashes between police and drug gangs.

    A gunbattle erupted between the gangs after the helicopter was brought down [AFP]

    The aircraft exploded shortly after touching down, leaving two officers stuck inside the burning wreckage.

    IN VIDEO

    Police battle drug gangs in Rio streets

    After the crash, a new gunbattle ensued between the gangs and over 100 policemen, who were backed by Special Police Operations  Battalion (BOPE) troops and an armoured vehicle.

    The helicopter had been carrying six police officers as part of an operation in Morro dos Macacos, one of Rio's hundreds of slums, which is dominated by heavily armed drug gangs, police said.

    Urban violence is widespread in Rio, where nearly one-third of the two-million-strong population lives in favelas.

    Rio's win to host the 2016 Olympic Games, the first ever to be  held in South America, is a serious challenge for the city in terms  of security.

    Some 6,000 people were murdered here in 2008 alone.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Assassinating Kim Jong-un could go so wrong

    Assassinating Kim Jong-un could go so wrong

    The many ways in which the assassination of the North Korean leader could lead to a total disaster.

    Lebanon has a racism problem

    Lebanon has a racism problem

    The problem of racism in Lebanon goes beyond xenophobic attitudes towards Syrian and Palestinian refugees.

    The life and death of Salman Rushdie, gentleman author

    The life and death of Salman Rushdie, gentleman author

    The man we call 'Salman Rushdie' today is not the brilliant author of the Satanic Verses, but a Picassoesque imposter.