RIO DE JANEIRO – Eleven people were killed on Monday in Rio de Janeiro during operations staged by the Brazilian army and police, authorities said.
Five of the deaths occurred during a sweep of “favelas,” or shantytowns, on Rio’s north side by 4,200 soldiers supported by helicopters and armored vehicles.
Separately, six suspects died in a shootout with police in the suburb of Niteroi.
The operation in the favelas was carried out under the security policy implemented by President Michel Temer in February, giving the army responsibility for public safety in Rio de Janeiro state.
More than 500,000 people live in the favelas targeted Monday.
The six suspects in Niteroi died when police responded to an attempted auto theft.
One police officer was wounded in the shootout with the car thieves.
The army and police have expanded their operations in Rio in recent weeks, but the raids usually result in just a few arrests and the seizure of limited quantities of illegal weapons and drugs.
Shootings in Rio de Janeiro have increased by 40 percent since the start of the military intervention, while deaths in incidents involving the security forces are at a 30-year high, according to a study released last Thursday by researchers at Candido Mendes University.
As many as 736 people have died in the army’s anti-crime operations, in addition to 2,617 reported homicides.