November 30, 2021, 20:03

    At least seven dead in mangrove after gunbattle with Rio police

    At least seven dead in mangrove after gunbattle with Rio police

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Residents on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro on Monday found the corpses of at least seven people in a mangrove after a sustained gunbattle with local police.

    The bodies were found near a complex of slums called Salgueiro, in the city of Sao Goncalo, a poor and violent region that is part of metropolitan Rio.

    Locals told media outlets that they believed other bodies would be found.

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    "The bodies were all thrown into a mangrove swamp, with signs of torture. They were tossed one on top of the other. This was clearly a massacre," one resident told the G1 news website.

    Other residents, who also declined to be named, gave similar accounts to other outlets.

    The bodies were found after a weekend-long operation in the area, which began after a local police officer died while on patrol on Saturday. Sao Gonacalo is overseen by the 7th battalion, which has long been one of Rio state's most deadly.

    Rio's military police did not immediately respond to locals' accusations of officers having been involved in torture or multiple killings but said in a statement: "So far, preliminary information indicates that seven bodies were found."

    Police said they had entered the region to "stabilize" it after violence from alleged drug gangs.

    They said officers would remain in the area to allow civil police officers to investigate.

    In 2019, Reuters reported on the shooting to death of a resident by officers from the 7th amid a sharp rise in police killings. So far this year, officers from the 7th battalion killed 1,096 people, the highest of any battalion in the state, and up 17% from the first nine months of last year.

    Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterReporting by Rodrigo Viga Gaier
    Writing and additional reporting by Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by Alison Williams

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