Police raid on Rio de Janeiro Favela kills at least 10 people

Police are wary while protesting the killing of 24-year-old Congolese refugee Moise Kabagambe, who died in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 5, 2022. (Carl De Souza / AFP via Getty Images)

Rio de Janeiro — Police in Rio de Janeiro attacked the shantytown of Villa Cruzeiro in an operation that triggered a fierce shootout before dawn on Tuesday, state officials said at least 10 people were killed.

Police said in a statement that the operation was aimed at finding and arresting criminal leaders from other states.

According to the statement, the agent was fired while preparing for the invasion and one resident was shot dead. Eleven people were injured after the shootout and were taken to a nearby state hospital.

According to a statement from the state health office, 10 people have been confirmed dead in the hospital’s emergency room and two are being treated in the trauma ward.

The operation was jointly carried out by state military police and federal highway police. Police arrested 16 vehicles, 13 automatic rifles, pistols and grenades, a police statement said.

Associated Press