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Youth death sparks Brazil bus burnings

Published on Apr 29, 2014 7:38 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Residents of a northern suburb of Rio torched five buses on Monday shortly 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 the G1 web portal reported came during a police crackdown on drug dealing and car thefts in the Morro de Chapadao slum.

Following the shoot-out, a 20-strong group of youths set fire to the buses.

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