Thursday, January 4, 2007

18 dead in Brazil gang attacks

As Brazil's tourist season opens, authorities are battling heavily armed drug gangs on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, according to a story by Larry Rohter of the New York Times.

Gangs attacked police stations and other targets on Dec. 28. At least 18 people were killed in the violence. The gang assaults are believed related to a change in the local governor. Sergio Cabral took office on Monday, and some speculate that gang leaders were sending him a warning.

Since May, gang attacks in Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, have taken 200 lives.

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