Sunday, October 18, 2009

Rio de Janeiro drug traffickers

Rio de Janeiro drug traffickers shoot down police helicopter
Two Brazilian policemen were killed on Saturday after their helicopter came under fire from suspected traffickers in a Rio slum.

The aircraft made a forced landing in the Morro dos Mocacos favela after the pilot was shot in the leg, but then burst into flames with two officers trapped inside. Two others, including the pilot, managed to escape. A fierce gunbattle then erupted as more than 100 policemen, backed by armoured vehicles and special forces, rushed into the area to regain control.

The helicopter had originally been responding to a turf war between rival drug gangs that erupted in the neighbourhood shortly before dawn.

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