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Rio de Janeiro police posts attacked

March 21, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro police say suspected drug gang members have attacked three of the so-called police pacification posts set up recently in slums.

At least one policeman was shot and wounded Thursday night, while the police outpost — a cluster of metal shipping containers — located near the slum that Pope Francis visited last year was burned.

It’s the latest violence to hit Rio just before the city is set to host several matches during the World Cup.

Since 2008, police have pushed into slums and driven out drug gangs, who lorded over vast swaths of Rio for decades. In an effort to secure the city ahead of the World Cup and 2016 Olympics, police then installed permanent posts.

The effort has reduced murders and shootings in the slums. But drug gangs have recently begun striking back.

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