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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Within just 24 hours, Rio's Civil Police killed at least 17 suspected members of the 'Bonde do Ecko', considered one of the country's largest illegal militias, in two operations in municipalities of the Baixada Fluminense area bordering the city of Rio.

The second of these occurred on Thursday night, October 15th, in Itaguaí, leaving 12 suspects dead.

Among them were former State Police Officer Carlos Eduardo Benevides Gomes, known as Bené, one of the group's leaders on Rio's most wanted criminals list. Under surveillance for two weeks, the group had a freight . . .

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