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RIO DE JANEIRO — A police operation concentrating on drug sellers in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday morning left no less than 25 individuals lifeless, together with a police officer, in an operation that officers and human rights activists referred to as the deadliest in town’s historical past.

The gun battle in Jacarezinho, a poor and working-class district managed by the drug gang referred to as Comando Vermelho, or Red Command, additionally wounded no less than two subway passengers who have been struck as their prepare was caught in the crossfire.

Residents and human rights activists accused the police of utilizing extreme drive and questioned why the operation was launched in any respect, given a Supreme Court ban on legislation enforcement raids in town through the pandemic.

Nadine Borges, vice chairman of the human rights fee at Brazil’s bar affiliation, mentioned a group of attorneys gathering info had heard chilling preliminary accounts.

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“There were executions of people who had already surrendered,” she mentioned. “It was absolute barbarism.”

Jurema Werneck, the chief director of Amnesty International Brazil, described the police operation because the deadliest to have occurred in Rio de Janeiro. “This is unprecedented,” she mentioned.

Police commanders mentioned the shootout started at 6 a.m. when officers who had arrived to serve arrest warrants have been fired upon. One officer, André Leonardo de Mello Frias, was fatally shot in the top, they mentioned.

“There were no executions, but rather a reaction to an assault,” mentioned Roberto Cardoso, a police commander.