Brazil’s Amazon city of Manaus sees surge in violence

BBC News, 7/21/2015

They began after a police officer was shot dead outside a bank. Several killings happened at almost exactly the same time, suggesting co-ordination.

Officials are investigating whether they may be part of a drug gang war or the result of police officers avenging the death of their colleague.There are normally between two and three murders a day in the city.

The nature of the shootings has raised suspicions of police involvement.Local officials say that another possible explanation could be local drug gangs settling scores.

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