Residents in its surroundings Rio de Janeiro found the bodies of at least eight people – six of whom were identified – in a mangrove swamp after a prolonged exchange of fire with local police.
The bodies were found near a shack complex, the Salgueiro, in the town Sao Gonzalo, a poor and violent area belonging to the metropolitan area Rio.
Locals told the media that they believe other victims will be found.
“The corpses were thrown into the swamp and showed signs of torture. They were stacked on top of each other. “It was definitely a massacre,” a resident told the news website G1.
Other residents, who asked not to be named, gave similar pictures to other media.
The bodies were found after a police operation in the area, which lasted all weekend, on the occasion of the death of a local police officer while patrolling there, on Saturday.
The military police did not respond to accusations by residents that its officers were involved in torture and mass executions. In its announcement, it only stated that “so far, eight bodies have been found”.
Police said they intervened to “stabilize” the area after the violent actions of drug gangs.