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Brazil shootout closes major road in Rio

August 20, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A shootout between police and suspected drug traffickers has prompted the five-hour closure of an important thoroughfare in Rio de Janeiro.

The fierce firefight erupted late Tuesday near the Lins slum complex, one of scores of Rio favelas under control of a so-called pacifying police force.

The thoroughfare linking the neighborhoods of Guaruja and Jacarepagua was closed to traffic for about five hours. Three buses were torched in apparent retaliation for the police operation by drug gangs operating in the area.

In a statement Wednesday, police said no officers were hurt and they are investigating what caused an 18-year-old local man to check into a hospital with a bullet wound to the thigh.

Established in 2008, the pacifying units are a bid to bring policing to Rio’s long-lawless slums.

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