Brazil: Clashes in Rio slum over death of youth

Brazil: Clashes erupt in Rio de Janeiro slum over mysterious death of local youth

Brazil: Clashes in Rio slum over death of youth

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Police say officers investigating the death of a teenager have clashed with residents of a Rio de Janeiro slum.

In a statement Wednesday, Rio's pacifying police force said three buses were torched and a police car damaged in the incident, which took place late Tuesday in the sprawling Penha "favela" slum.

Police were called in to investigate the death of a 17-year-old boy, whose body had been discovered in the neighborhood.

"As the military police approached, a group of locals began a violent protest," the statement said.

News reports suggest the protesters suspected the youth died in a standoff with police.

The teen, whose name was not released, went missing Monday. His body showed no bullet wounds, and the cause of death was not immediately clear, the police statement said.

Updated : 2021-02-27 09:30 GMT+08:00