Military and Police Raids Leave at Least 13 Dead in Rio de Janeiro

At least eleven suspects and two soldiers died during shootouts between military personnel and suspected drug traffickers in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In one of the largest military operations since Brazil's armed forces took over security of Rio de Janeiro six months ago, on Monday, August 20th, over 4,000 armed soldiers and about one hundred police officers descended on Complexo do Alemão, Complexo da Penha, and Complexo da Maré in a wide-ranging drug raid that left at least eleven suspects and two military personnel dead.

"Unfortunately, the irrational nature of the criminals is to promote confrontation," explained military spokesperson, Colonel Carlos Cinelli to reporters.

The operation, which began early . . .

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