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Brazilian gangs step up attacks on police

Police in Brazil’s largest and wealthiest city came under attack for the fifth day running yesterday in what officials believe to be a planned assault by a ruthless gang. More than 25 police stations, as well as patrol cars and the home of an officer, have been shot at or bombed since Sunday. The gang terrorising Sao Paulo and its outlying areas is known as the First Command of the Capital, or PCC by its Portuguese acronym. Two police officers have been killed and at least 12 wounded since Sunday. Officials believe the attacks may have been ordered by the PCC’s high command in jail. Another police officer was shot and killed on Wednesday night in the town of Praia Grande, about an hour’s drive from Sao Paulo, but a police spokeswoman said that killing was not thought to be linked to the gang. Full Story

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