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Soldiers occupy notorious Rio slum ahead of World Cup

Thousands of soldiers in armored vehicles, trucks and on foot fanned out across Rio de Janeiro's most notorious slum on Saturday to shore up security before the World Cup. The move is the latest attempt to drive drug gangs out of the notorious Mare shanty town, a haven for organized crime and one of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods, located near Rio's international airport.

Soldiers occupy Brazil slum ahead of World Cup

Thousands of soldiers in armored vehicles, trucks and on foot fanned out in Rio de Janeiro's most notorious slums on Saturday to shore up security before the start of the World Cup games. The move is the latest attempt to drive drug gangs out of the notorious Mare shanty town, a haven for organized crime and one of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods, located near Rio de Janeiro's international airport.

Soldiers occupy Brazil slum ahead of World Cup

Thousands of soldiers in armored vehicles, trucks and on foot entered one of Rio de Janeiro's most notorious slums Saturday to provide security less than three months before the World Cup. The move is the latest attempt to drive drug gangs out of the notorious Mare shanty town, a haven for organized crime and one of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods, located near Rio de Janeiro's international airport.

Brazilian troops to patrol gang-dominated Rio slum

Rio de Janeiro, Apr 3 (EFE).- Some 2,700 soldiers will replace the police officers who last week occupied the complex of shantytowns that had been considered the last great bastion of drug trafficking in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian military said Thursday. The operation will be supported by tanks and other military transport vehicles as well as the air force, if necessary, army Gen. Ronaldo Lundgren told a press conference. A total of 2,050 soldiers, 450 marines and 200 members of the Militarized Police will participate in the mission.

Brazilian police occupy dangerous shantytowns with armored vehicles

Rio de Janeiro, Mar 30 (EFE).- About 1,200 Brazilian police supported by armored vehicles provided by the navy on Sunday peacefully occupied the Mare Complex, a group of 15 "favelas," or shantytowns, considered to be the most dangerous in Rio de Janeiro, The operation, which had been previously announced and proceeded without gunfire or any other violence, began at 5 a.m. (0800 GMT) when 21 navy armored cars led the police into the shantytowns, where some 120,000 people live.

Rio police storm vast crime-ridden favela near airport

More than 1,000 Brazilian police backed by helicopters and naval armored vehicles took over a favela near Rio de Janeiro's international airport Sunday, less than three months before the World Cup. The swiftly conducted dawn operation was the latest attempt to drive drug gangs out of the notorious Mare shanty town, a haven for organized crime and one of the city's most dangerous places.

Rio police storm vast crime-ridden favela near airport

More than 1,000 Brazilian police backed by helicopters and naval armored vehicles took over a favela near Rio de Janeiro's international airport Sunday, just 74 days before the World Cup. The swiftly conducted dawn operation was the latest attempt to drive drug gangs out of the notorious Mare shanty town, a haven for organized crime and one of the city's most dangerous places.

Rio police storm vast favela in dawn operation

More than 1,000 Brazilian police backed by armored vehicles and helicopters occupied a favela near Rio de Janeiro's international airport at dawn Sunday, just 74 days before the World Cup. The swiftly conducted operation was the latest attempt to drive drug gangs out of the notorious vast Mare shanty town, a haven for organized crime and one of the most dangerous places in the city.

Police, military occupy huge Rio favela

Brazilian troops and police early Sunday entered the vast Mare favela near Rio de Janeiro's airport to "pacify" the area in the lead-up to this year's football World Cup, AFP correspondents reported. Mare is a drug-trafficking stronghold and considered one of the most dangerous places in the city, which will also host the Olympics in 2016. More than a dozen armored vehicles backed hundreds of security personnel in the dawn offensive.

Rio police occupy vast favela in dawn operation

More than 1,000 police backed by the military and armored vehicles occupied the vast Mare favela near Rio's international airport at dawn Sunday, just 74 days before the World Cup. Brazilian authorities are stepping up efforts to quell violence in Rio de Janeiro as the World Cup looms ever closer, and have been carrying out a huge slum "pacification" program since 2008 aimed at making the city -- which also hosts the 2016 Olympics -- safer. Prior to Sunday, Police Pacification Units (UPPs) had been installed in 174 Rio favelas home to some 600,000 people.
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