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Police storm into Brazil’s largest slum, reclaiming control from drug gang

The operation in the Rocinha slum in Rio de Janeiro is part of an effort to increase security before the World Cup and Olympics. The operation in the Rocinha slum in Rio de Janeiro is part of an effort to increase security before the World Cup and Olympics. (Felipe Dana/Associated Press)
Associated Press / November 14, 2011

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More than 3,000 police and soldiers backed by armored personnel carriers raced into Brazil’s biggest slum before dawn Sunday, quickly gaining control of a shantytown ruled for decades by a heavily armed drug gang. It was the most ambitious operation yet in an effort to increase security before Rio hosts the final matches of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

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