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Cars set afire in Brazil police parking lot

May 13, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) — At least seven cars were set on fire in the parking lot of a police station in Sao Paulo, Brazilian authorities said on Tuesday. There were no reports of injuries.

Officials at the police station said the office was closed during the attack near midnight on Monday. An officer saw three men escaping after he noticed the fire.

Police were investigating the motive behind the attack, but attacks near or outside police departments are not unusual in Brazil. Many see them as a form of retaliation against arrests, raids or even police abuses.

Last month, three cars were torched near a police station in a Rio de Janeiro slum where a woman had been hit by a stray bullet from a shootout the previous day.

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