World Bulletin / News Desk
Three people have been killed in a shoot-out between police and alleged drug traffickers in a shantytown in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.
Local media reported that two youths and a police officer died in the incident in the Complexo do Alemao shantytown.
Another officer and a youth were injured in the shooting, which happened in the early hours of Monday.
The shooting took place as tens of thousands of football fans are in Rio for the 2014 World Cup.
Brazilian security forces moved into Complexo do Alemao in an effort to wrest control from criminal gangs in 2012.
It is one of the largest favelas in the Brazilian city having a population of 100,000 people. It has become something of a tourist destination for visitors wanting to see the poorer parts of Rio.
Police said they had been fired at while on patrol in Complexo do Alemao. The officers alleged that the two dead youths had links to drug trafficking.
"They use radios to tell each other where there's a patrol and when they spot a small group of officers, they give orders to attack," a local policeman told O Globo.
Despite the fact that the Complexo do Alemao was among the first favelas to be "pacified" the shootings continue to be frequent in the area.
Soldiers first moved into the shanty town in 2010, and in 2012 a permanent police presence was established in the area.
One of the main concerns for the Brazilian authorities during the World Cup have been the Security along with thousands of extra troops and police that have been deployed to guarantee the safety of visitors and residents alike.
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