Ten criminals and an innocent woman hit by stray bullet are killed in Brazilian police shoot-out during favela raid targeting one of the country’s most powerful crime gangs

  • Military police said they came under gun fire as they planned to enter a slum 
  • A stray bullet hit a female resident of the favela, with 10 alleged criminals killed
  • The gun battle marked the deadliest police raid in a year in Rio de Janeiro

A police raid in a Rio favela early Tuesday left 11 people dead, authorities in the Brazilian city said.

Military police said they came under gun fire as they planned to enter a slum called Vila Cruzeiro in the north of the city with the mission of locating and arresting ‘criminal leaders.’

In the ensuing gun battle 10 alleged criminals died, as did a female resident of the favela who was hit by a stray bullet.

Two people are being treated in the trauma wing, according to a statement from the state’s health secretariat. 

A woman reacts outside the Getulio Vargas Hospital, after more than eleven people were killed during a police operation against drug dealers in the Vila Cruzeiro slum

Police said they were looking for gang leaders hiding out in Vila Cruzeiro that were from other parts of Brazil

Police seized seven assault riles, five pistols, 10 motorcycles and six cars in Tuesday’s operation. Police often carry out raids in Rio’s teeming slums to fight drug trafficking

Police often carry out raids in Rio’s teeming slums to fight drug trafficking.

They said that this time they were looking for gang leaders hiding out in Vila Cruzeiro that were from other parts of Brazil.

This was the deadliest police raid in a year in Rio.

Last May a police raid in a favela called Jacarezinho left 28 people dead including a police officer. It was the largest such toll in the city’s history.

The news website G1 said Tuesday’s raid targeted the Comando Vermelho, or Red Command, one of Brazil’s most powerful crime gangs.

Police said there were gun battles in high-ground areas of the favela itself and in wooded grounds surrounding it.

Police seized seven assault riles, five pistols, 10 motorcycles and six cars in Tuesday’s operation.

Last May a police raid in a favela called Jacarezinho left 28 people dead including a police officer. It was the largest such toll in the city’s history

A person reacts outside the Getulio Vargas Hospital, after more than eleven people were killed during a police operation against drug dealers 

The news website G1 said Tuesday’s raid targetted the Comando Vermelho, or Red Command, one of Brazil’s most powerful crime gangs

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