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Five people die in massacre in the interior of Pernambuco

Five people, including a 2-year-old child, were murdered in the middle of the street in a small town in rural Pernambuco. Around 8 pm this Thursday (26), an armed group arrived shooting victims in the center of São João, 230 km from the capital Recife.

Closed circuit footage used in the police investigation shows several people in a snack bar, when the bandits arrive at the scene and start shooting at the victims.

Of the five people injured, three died on the spot and the other two were taken to Hospital Dom Moura, in the city of Garanhuns, but did not resist.

The mayor of São José, Wilson Lima, was in the capital of Pernambuco this Friday (27) and asked the state government to intervene in municipal security to try to control the wave of violence in the locality, previously considered peaceful.

According to the Social Defense Secretariat of Pernambuco, two men were arrested. The crime would have been motivated by “feud between groups linked to drug trafficking”. A firearm was seized and will be examined to identify whether or not it was used in the crime that resulted in five homicides and five more attempted homicides. The 22nd Garanhuns Homicide Police Station is investigating the case.

“At the right time, we will clarify this criminal action in São João. All the intelligence in the wild, the Money Laundering Laboratory and the Electronic Search Unit are sharing the same investigation”, said the head of the Civil Police of Pernambuco, Simone Aguiar, at a press conference held later this afternoon.

The governor of Pernambuco, Raquel Lyra (PSDB), ordered the police to carry out a rigorous investigation into the barbaric crime in São João. The governor sympathized with the families of the victims, “especially that of little Maria Sophia. We are going to face the violence in Pernambuco for real, ”she wrote.

Source: CNN Brasil

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