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Rio Reacts to Gang Violence, Cuts Bus Service


Many commuters in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro were stranded Friday as the city cut back bus service to curb deadly gang attacks on public transportation.

City officials took the measure after gangs set fire to at least six buses Thursday, burning seven people alive. Gang members also attacked police stations. Two policemen, seven alleged gang members, and two other civilians were reported killed, in addition to the victims on the bus.

Police said the motive for the apparently coordinated attacks was not immediately clear. Some officials said it may be linked to anti-drug efforts in the city.

Some 200 people in Sao Paulo died earlier this year in a series of attacks by criminal gangs.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.