By Ben Tavener, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – At least two people were killed after officers from Rio’s 27th Military Police Battalion launched an operation in a number of communities around Santa Cruz, in the city’s Zona Oeste (West Zone) aimed at avoiding further conflict between rival armed drug trafficker gangs.

Police were involved in exchanges of gunfire as they focused their efforts on the Antares and Rola favelas, with shooting being reported from early Sunday afternoon.

At least three suspects were shot and taken to hospital in Campo Grande, and police later confirmed two of them . . .

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