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13 killed in clash with police

International Desk : At least 13 people have been killed in clashes with police just outside Brazil's seaside city of Rio de Janeiro after a raid to arrest a gang leader on Thursday.

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The clashes took place in the working-class Salgueiro neighborhood in the city of Sao Goncalo, northeast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s second-largest city.

According to the police, those who have been killed were all suspected criminals.

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Leonardo Costa Araujo, accused of being a drug gang leader from the northern state of Para, is among the dead. He was implicated in the death of several police officers in Para in recent years and police believed he was hiding in the area.

Police said the raid on Thursday sought to arrest Araujo in an operationthat also employed helicopters and armored vehicles.

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Rio state police forces regularly carry out deadly raids in the metro area’s sprawling slums.

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