Rio Drug Wars Escalate, Young Mother Shot Dead Protecting Son

Criminal activity rages for 24 hours in the São Carlos Complex, disputed by rival gang factions. Crime in the region continued to be reported in the afternoon.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A "war" between drug traffickers over control of the São Carlos favela complex in Central Rio has been raging for over 24 hours. Rival faction criminals have been at war since Wednesday, August 26th, and continued on Thursday afternoon, August 27th.

Criminals began heading to the favelas . . .

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