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Brazil deploys soldiers in drug clashes

Brazilian soldiers have joined forces with police in Rio de Janeiro to drive out suspected drug traffickers after six days of violence. Thirty-five people are reported to have died.

Defence Minister Nelson Jobim said he had deployed 800 soldiers, 10 armoured vehicles and two helicopters to gain control of the Penha and Alemao areas.

Hundreds of suspected gang members were seen fleeing there after police took control of neighbouring Vila Cruzeiro.

Jack Izzard reports.

  • 27 Nov 2010
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