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Brazilian police officers wounded in shootout

December 9, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Suspected drug traffickers have shot and wounded four military police officers during clashes in one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest slums, the Alemao complex, police said Tuesday.

Police said gunmen hidden in a side street opened fire on a group of officers as they detained three suspects allegedly in possession of drugs and a homemade explosive device on Monday. One officer was wounded in the left leg.

Three other officers on routine patrol duty wounded by suspected traffickers two hours later. One of the officers was listed in serious condition. None of the suspects has been arrested.

The officers were part of pacification units that have been set up in several Rio’s slums to push out heavily armed drug dealers and organized crime groups.

Also on Tuesday, 152 black wooden crosses were planted on the sands of Copacabana beach in memory of police officers killed in Rio de Janeiro state between 2013 and 2014. The memorial was organized by the anti-violence group Rio de Paz.

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