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Elite police units deployed in restive southern Brazil

Elite police commando units fanned out across the streets of southern Brazil on Saturday, in a bid to contain a wave of violent attacks over the past two weeks. The attacks -- allegedly ordered by criminal gangs from within Brazil's prisons -- have seen buses and private passenger cars torched and police fired upon in some 30 towns and cities in Santa Catarina state since January 30. "With the support of the national police force, we have launched Operation Secure Santa Catarina," state military police spokesman Joao Carlos Neves said.

Elite police units deployed in restive southern Brazil

Elite police commando units fanned out on streets of southern Brazil Saturday, in an effort to contain a wave of violent attacks over the past two weeks, authorities said. The attacks -- allegedly ordered by criminal gangs from within Brazil's prisons -- have seen buses and private passenger cars torched and police fired upon in some 30 cities in the state of Santa Catarina since January 30. "With the support of the National Police Force, we have launched Operation Secure Santa Catarina, Joao Carlos Neves, spokesman for the state's military police force.

Brazil inmates complaining of violence order street attacks

Prisoners complaining of violence behind bars ordered a wave of attacks out on the streets in southern Brazil over the past two weeks, officials said Friday as police reinforcements began arriving. The state of Santa Catarina has seen buses torched and police fired on in some 30 cities since January 30. Authorities say the violence has been masterminded by prison-based crime gangs demanding better living conditions for inmates.
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