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Brazilian state will regain Rio from gang crime, police control now Vila Cruzeiro shanty town, near airport.

Policemen patrol the Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro November 24, 2010. Authorities in Rio de Janeiro struggled to control a fourth day of violence apparently orchestrated by drug gang members who have attacked police stations and burned cars in the Brazilian city. The wave of violence began on Sunday with attacks on police stations and vehicles. Suspected drug gang members ordered people out of their cars on expressways and then set fire to the vehicles. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

Police in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, say they now have total control of the Vila Cruzeiro shanty town, as they continue a crackdown on violent drug gangs, according to a report of the BBC News.

Security forces earlier deployed armoured vehicles, transporting armed police, into Vila Cruzeiro, in the north of the city.

The offensive comes after five days of clashes which have killed at least 30 people.

Eight people of those were killed in Thursday’s push, authorities said.

In response to the police operation gangs have been setting up barricades, burning vehicles and opening fire, officials said.

Officials said that drug traffickers had regrouped in Vila Cruzeiro after being expelled from other shanty towns in the city.

Jose Beltrame, the state’s Public Safety Director, said state police would receive additional support from federal law enforcement, in order to hold on to Vila Cruzeiro.

He told reporters that police were in Vila Cruzeiro, “and we’re not leaving”. READ MORE HERE.