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Rio de Janeiro beefs up security in wake of increased violence ahead of FIFA World Cup

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 - 11:53am IST | Place: Rio de Janeiro | Agency: ANI

London: The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro has reportedly already put in action part of its security plan for the FIFA World Cup in June after serious violence across the city, including a shootout in the neighbourhood overlooking the England team's hotel.

One person was killed after police clashed with drug traffickers in the Rocinha slum last week, forcing locals to seek refuge inside their homes and close all doors and windows.

According to Sky News, officials said that an additional 2,000 militarily police were now patrolling the streets ahead of the World Cup kick off on June 12.

The report mentioned that although Brazil had reached a stable point in 2012 after four years of pacification and reduction in homicides, however, muggings are up 46.5 percent compared to the same period last year, while homicide is up 23.6 percent.

There are currently 38 pacifying police units across 250 slums where 1.5 million people live in Rio, the report added.




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