Police say the operation seeks to stop the Comando Vermelho terrorist organization from taking young people hostage.
At least 25 people, including a police officer, were killed in a shootout Thursday in a crackdown on drug dealers in Rio de Janeiro, Jacarezinho, police said.
The suspects tried to flee from the roof of the house as police entered the dormitories and helicopters flew overhead, television footage showed. These fierce fires keep people indoors.
Three policemen were shot dead and one died at the hospital, police said.
Bullets fired into the battle struck a train and two pilots were wounded by broken glass on a broken window.
Jacarezinho is one of the residents of the city poor areas, called favelas, with a population of about 40,000.
It is supervised by Comando Vermelho, one of Brazil’s law firms. Police consider Jacarezinho one of the group’s headquarters.
Thursday’s task was to investigate how the organization helps young people to hijack trains and commit other crimes, police said.
They said the terrorist group had an “army unit with guns, grenades, bullet-proof vests, rifles, armor and other weapons”.
Police say among those killed in Jacarezinho were the leaders of Comando Vermelho.
The Public Safety Observatory at Candido Mendes University says at least 12 police officers in Rio state this year have killed three or more people.
Observatory site superintendent Silvio Ramos said Thursday’s uprising was one of the deadliest incidents in the city’s most recent history.
“This is the highest number of deaths in police force in Rio, more than 19 in Complexo do Alemão in 2007, except that we did not lose any of us in the operation,” police chief Ronaldo Oliveira confirmed to Reuters.
Many of the attacks appear to violate the Brazilian ruling Supreme Court last year which ordered the police to resign during the period of Covid-19 plague, which is growing up in Brazil, forbids them to “do it in a special way”.
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The Supreme Court declined to comment after being asked by The Associated Press if Thursday’s operation would be eligible.
Rio police have killed at least five people a day in the first quarter of 2021, the worst in a year since the state government began releasing it more than two decades ago, according to the Observatory.