At least eight bodies, some with signs of torture, were found on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro after police operation.
At least eight bodies, including some showing signs of torture, were found in a mangrove swamp outside Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after a shootout involve police.
Rio de Janeiro state police said officers were investigating the gruesome scene along with forensic experts in the poor favela neighborhood of Salgueiro, about 35 kilometers (20 miles) northeast of the beach town.
Residents, who declined to be named, told Brazilian media they expected more bodies to show up after an “intense” shootout in the area. community.
“The bodies were all thrown into the mangrove swamp. They had signs of torture, people threw one on top of the other. It has all the signs of a massacre, “a witness told Brazil’s Globo TV on Monday.
The station, one of Brazil’s most popular networks, showed rolling images of unidentified carcasses draped in white sheets at the edge of the vlei.
Police said clashes only broke out in the area on Saturday when a police sergeant on patrol was killed in an attack. Rio’s police special operations battalion, or BOPE, then launched a raid on Sunday.
Law groups accuses the elite force regularly of indiscriminate murder and excessive violence in its fierce operations against drug gangs in the favelas.
“The BOPE carried out an operation in Salgueiro on Sunday after receiving information that one of the individuals involved in Saturday’s attack was allegedly wounded and hiding in the area,” police said.
“The team came under attack near a mangrove swamp, which led to an intense confrontation.”
Rio’s military police did not respond to a request for comment. local residents’ accusations of officers involved in torture or multiple murders.
“So far, eight bodies have been found,” police said in a statement.
Police said they had entered the region to “stabilize” it after violence by alleged drug gangs.
Police said they seized two handguns, ammunition, more than 800 bricks of marijuana and more than 3,000 packets of crack-like cocaine during the raid.
The killings in Salgueiro were one of at least 58 shooting incidents with three or more victims so far this year in Rio State, law firm Fogo Cruzado said.
Of these, 43 were during police operations, it said.
In May, a bloody raid on accused drug smugglers in Jacarezinho’s favela 28 people killed. Legal groups accused the police of carrying out “summary executions” during that operation.