Violence Erupts as Gang War Engulfs Area in Rio’s Zona Norte

More than 3,000 children were without school classes in the region as a result of the violence.

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A war between drug gang factions in the Cidade Alta of Cordovil, in the Zona Norte (North Zone) of Rio de Janeiro, ended yesterday (May 2nd) with at least eight buses and two trucks burned, 45 people arrested and six wounded, including three policemen, who are in stable condition.

Authorities report that in all, 32 rifles, grenades and pistols were seized. More than 3,000 children were without school classes in the region, according to the state and municipal secretariats of education.

Major Ivan Blaz, Communications Coordinator for the polícia . . .

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