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Brazil police commander killed in favela

13 September 2014, 09:45

Rio de Janeiro - Police say suspected drug traffickers shot and killed the commander of a police unit in one of Rio de Janeiro's slums.

Captain Uanderson Manoel da Silva was killed on Thursday night during a shoot-out in the Alemao complex of slums.

Police say one man suspected of involvement in the shoot-out has been taken into custody.

Also read: Suspected thugs shoot Kabete OCS

The 34-year-old captain was the first commander of one of Rio's police pacification units to be killed in action.

Pacification units have been set up in several of Rio's slums to push out heavily armed drug dealers and organised crime groups.

- AP


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