Buses in Rio torched
Rio De Janeiro - Residents of a suburb of Rio torched five buses on Monday soon after a 17-year-old youth died in a shoot-out between criminals and police, Brazilian media reported.
It again put a harsh spotlight on security in the country, just six weeks before Brazil hosts the football World Cup, with Rio staging seven matches including the July 13 final.
The victim was in a stolen car and a firearm was found by his side, military police said after the shooting, which reports said came during a police crackdown on drug dealing and car thefts in the Morro de Chapadao slum.
After the shoot-out, a group of youths set fire to the buses.
It came nearly a week after police and people in a slum a short walk from the tourist haven of Copacabana Beach clashed after the death of a dancer which residents blamed on police.
Earlier on Monday, youths set alight three cars in the Alemao slum after the death of a woman in circumstances which remained unclear.
Since 2008 the government has been rolling out a programme of police “pacification” against criminal gangs.