At least 140 people have been murdered in South America's biggest city over the past two weeks in a rising wave of violence, Sao Paulo's Public Safety Department says.
Killings in Sao Paulo began sharply increasing in September, a month in which 144 people were killed, the department's website says. It says a total of 982 homicides took place in the city during the first nine months of the year.
The victims included 90 police officers, most of them gunned down while off duty.
A Public Safety Department official said Saturday that the killings of police have been ordered by imprisoned leaders of an organized crime group called the First Capital Command in reprisal for a crackdown on the drug trade. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Over 140 people, most police, killed in San Paulo, Brazil over last two weeks.
Gang wars, drug wars, same old crap from Brazil. But watch the brutal efficency on how they keep everything under wraps during world cup and olympics.