'Several dead' in Rio slum battle

Police report killing at least 10 alleged drug dealers in Brazil slums.

    Rio's shanty towns are some of the most
    dangerous in the world [File picture: EPA]

    The operation came a day after hundreds of police occupied a slum in Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city, following violence which erupted after police allegedly killed a drug suspect.

    Police told AP that three officers were shot in the Sao Paulo violence and local residents reported at least two civilians were injured.

    Rio experiences daily clashes between police and heavily armed drug gangs that control hundreds of slums in the city, making its streets some of the most dangerous in the world.

    City police often say that those killed in their raids are suspected drug dealers and traffickers, but human rights groups have accused police of brutality, corruption and summary executions of suspects.

    Last year a United Nations report said that local police kill an average of three people a day in Rio de Janeiro alone.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.