A wave of police operations across Brazil

Two alleged drug gang leaders known as "Fiel" and "Du Leme" were among those who lost their lives during the Rio operation .

Two alleged drug gang leaders known as “Fiel” and “Du Leme” were among those who lost their lives during the Rio operation .

Seven rifles, ammunition, and grenades have been seized from the suspects, police said.

Two police officers were also wounded and were in stable condition.

Deadly police action across Brazil in the past few days has reignited the debate over security forces’ use of lethal force. In the latest incident, police killed at least nine people in Rio de Janeiro.

A wave of police operations across Brazil has culminated in the deaths of at least 44 people, including nine in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.

State Police said they returned fire in a shoot-out in the Penha slums complex area, resulting in multiple casualties.

“Eleven suspects were wounded” and taken to the hospital, it said. “Nine of them died of their injuries,” they said.

They added the Rio operation was a response to intelligence on a high-level meeting by gang leaders.

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