UPP Officers Face Attacks in Rio Favelas

By Leo Byrne, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - An attack on two UPP (Police Pacification Unit) officers last Friday in the Morro São João favela of Engenho Novo is the latest in a recent spate of violence directed at Rio’s pacification forces. The attack took place at around midnight on March 27th in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone) and was reportedly orchestrated by drug traffickers.

The military police (PM) have not yet released any information as to the condition of the injured officers who were taken to hospital after the incident.

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