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Brazilian teenager dies after police helicopter strafes favela

Witnesses say helicopter fired into a densely populated area near a school, striking a 14-year-old boy who later died in a hospital

Brazilians have reacted with outrage and revulsion after the death of a 14-year-old schoolboy, who was shot during a security operation during which a police helicopter strafed a densely-populated Rio de Janeiro favela.

After Marcos Vinicius da Silva died in a hospital on Wednesday night, residents of the Maré favela blocked the highway that leads to Rio’s international airport and a bus was set on fire. Police said that six gang members were killed in the operation.

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