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A young resident looks through a small bullet proof window as he sits inside a police armored vehicle after a police operation to occupy the Vila Pinheiro, part of the Mare slum complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 30, 2014.

A young resident looks through a small bullet proof window as he sits inside a police armored vehicle after a police operation to occupy the Vila Pinheiro, part of the Mare slum complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 30, 2014.

 

 In Rio, raging drug gang violence has rattled rich and poor alike

 

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — More than 1,400 police officers and Brazilian Marines rolled into a massive complex of slums near Rio de Janeiro’s international airport before dawn Sunday in the latest security push ahead of this year’s World Cup.

Not a shot was fired as the Mare complex of 15 slums became the latest impoverished area to see security forces move in to take control and try to push out heavily armed drug gangs that have ruled Rio’s shantytowns for decades.

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