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Last Updated: Thursday, 28 June 2007, 07:15 GMT 08:15 UK
In pictures: Rio violence

Brazilian National Police officers takes aim

In Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian police and gangsters have fought running battles inside one of the city's largest slums.

Police in Alemao

More than 1,000 police headed towards Alemao, a crime-ridden and densely-populated slum area used as a stronghold by a major drugs gang.

Residents of Alemao

Locals looked on in shock as their neighbourhood turned into a battleground.

A young family hide behind a car

As armed gang members set fires and erected barricades in the streets, ordinary people tried to seek shelter wherever they could.

An injured woman is carried away in Alemao

Nevertheless, some were hit, and friends and relatives tried to carry the injured to safety in the midst of the battle.

Residents carry away a dead body

Others were not so lucky. By Wednesday evening at least 13 people were confirmed dead, with reports suggesting that figure would rise.

Police officer crouches by a Brazil flag mural

Authorities want to clamp down on lawlessness in Rio before the Pan-American Games open on 13 July, when the city will welcome thousands of athletes and tourists.

Family sheltering in Alemao

Away from the limelight, though, ordinary people in Alemao wait until a semblance of order returns to their home.

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