8 bodies found near Rio de Janeiro favela after shootout during police operation

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Eight bodies were discovered on Monday near the Salgueiro favela in the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan region a day after a shootout during a police operation, according to local authorities.

The bodies were found in a mangrove after members of the Military Police's Special Police Operations Battalion entered the favela Sunday, following the shooting death of an officer on patrol there on Saturday night.

During the police operation, suspected drug traffickers who control the area engaged in a shootout with police, said state police, adding that the bodies, all male, wore camouflage uniforms and carried rifle cartridges.

The bodies were all thrown into the mangrove swamp, with signs of torture, a resident told local television network TV Globo.

The Salgueiro favela is considered one of the most dangerous areas in Rio due to drug trafficking. Enditem

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