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Troops launch anti-crime operations in Rio slums
    2017-August-7  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THOUSANDS of Brazilian troops have raided Rio de Janeiro favelas in a pre-dawn crackdown on criminal gangs, leaving parts of the city looking like a warzone.

Five favelas were targeted by police and 3,600 troops in a swoop that started at 4 a.m. local time Saturday, the Rio state security service said in a statement.

Officials said their main goal was to stop the gangs behind a surge in robberies of commercial trucks, but residents said the raids created more tension and fear.

Rio state authorities said there were 10,000 cases of cargo theft last year. As part of the raids, 40 arrest warrants were issued.

The troops in action Saturday were part of the 8,500 soldiers deployed to the city last week to curb a surge in violent crime after the end of last year’s Olympics.

At least 18 were arrested and soldiers confiscated a small cache of weapons.

Scores of heavily armed soldiers in camouflage, rows of jeeps and armored personnel carriers could be seen in the Lins favela, one of the many little-regulated shanty towns that dot the city’s forest-clad hills.

Troops stood guard with their fingers on the triggers of assault rifles, while units of soldiers and SWAT police roamed the streets, pointing their weapons out of car windows.

(SD-Agencies)

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