Brazil police may have killed 30 during strike

Stan Lehman – AP/Boston.com, 02/14/2012

Current and former police officers may have committed up to 30 murders during the recently ended police strike in Brazil’s northeastern state of Bahia, law enforcement officials there said.

Up to 30 people were killed execution-style out of the 180 murdered during violence that hit the state during the 12-day strike, said Arthur Gallas, head of the police department’s homicide department, during a late Monday briefing for reporters.

The victims’ bodies were found with their hands cuffed or tied behind their backs, he said. All of them had been shot in the head at close range with heavy caliber weapons such as the rifles Brazil’s police carry.

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