Brazil: At least 18 killed in latest police raid in Alemoa favelas in Rio de Janeiro

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Brazilian police personnel during raid in Alemao favelas in Rio de Janeiro on July 21, 2022.

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Rio de Janeiro: At least 18 people were killed on Thursday during a police raid in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. The raid was conducted to target crime groups in favelas. Local Brazilian police confirmed the news to the media.
Amongst the deceased were a law enforcement officer and a woman who lived in the area, reported news agency AFP. The raid was conducted in the Complexo do Alemao slum. Meanwhile, 16 other deceased were reportedly members of organised crime groups.

The woman, who died in the raid, was immediately taken to a hospital as she sustained injuries. However, she succumbed to her injuries during the treatment. The operation began before dawn. At least 400 police personnel were involved in the operation. Intense shootouts took place between criminals and police. The police team was also backed by four helicopters and 10 bulletproof vehicles, reported The Associated Press.

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It was not the first time that a raid was conducted in the area resulting in multiple deaths. Earlier this month also, at least six people were killed and two others were wounded after a shootout between police officers and alleged criminals in a favela in Rio de Janeiro.

Earlier this year, the Brazilian Supreme Court had laid down several conditions for police to conduct raids in Rio’s favelas. The verdict was issued with the aim to reduce police killings and human rights violations.

The judgment was passed after 28 people were killed during a police raid on the Jacarezinho favela in 2021. The court directed that lethal force could only be used when other means to arrest the criminals have exhausted.