Violence in Rio De Janeiro: Violent Clashes with 12 Dead
Violence has errupted in Rio de Janeiro today, just two weeks after they won the 2016 Olympic bid, with suspected drug traffickers shooting down a police helicopter and setting fire to five buses and a school, two policemen have also been killed.
There are now 12 suspected to be dead after violent clashes have errupted on the streets.
Clashes between Brazilian police and drug traffickers turn Rio de Janeiro into chaos. (Photo: Folha Online)
This is one of the worst outbreaks of violence in recent history in Rio. What was thought to be drug traffickers set fire to buses in retaliation to police cracking down on them; it is thought that three criminals were killed in the violence as well.
"The helicopter was hit by criminals and the pilot made a forced landing on a football pitch," Major Oderlei Santos of the military police told Reuters.
The helicopter was carrying six police officers and two of the officers on board died after the helicopter exploded; the remaining four are suffering from burns.