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Suspected Gang Members Attack, Set Fire To Police Post In Brazil

Updated: Friday, March 21 2014, 07:42 AM CDT

Rio de Janeiro police said on Thursday that suspected drug gang members attacked three of the so-called police pacification posts recently set up in the city's favelas.

At least one police officer was shot and wounded on Thursday night, while the police outpost - a cluster of metal shipping containers - located near the favela that Pope Francis visited last year was set on fire.

It's the latest violence to hit Rio just months before the city is set to host the FIFA World Cup.

Since 2008, police have pushed into favelas and driven out drug gangs, who lorded over vast swaths of Rio for decades.

In an effort to secure the city ahead of the FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympics, police installed permanent posts.

Suspected Gang Members Attack, Set Fire To Police Post In Brazil


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