A Brazilian Armed Forces soldier keeps watch at the Morro dos Macacos favela (Monkey's hill shantytown) during a security operation in the area in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 6, 2017. / AFP / Mauro PIMENTEL
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About 1,000 Brazilian police and soldiers early Friday began a large-scale operation to hunt drug traffickers linked to recent violence in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.The latest operation comes two weeks after Defense Minister Raul Jungmann sent 950 troops to the country's biggest favela, Rocinha, to back police after heavily armed drug traffickers, spraying bullets, rampaged through the teeming cluster of small houses on hillsides overlooking wealthy western Rio.Security for Rio's roughly 6.5 million residents has declined steadily since last year's Olympic Games.
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