Violence during Rio Carnival spotlights security woes

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A series of muggings, armed robberies and confrontations during Rio de Janeiro's Carnival celebrations are highlighting a deteriorating security situation in the city.

TV Globo on Wednesday showed videos of gunfire between rival drug gangs, teenagers punching tourists in areas usually considered relatively safe and a policeman narrowly escaping after several people attacked him in front of his home.

Rio state Gov. Luiz Fernando Pezao acknowledged there weren't enough police on hand during the first couple days of Carnival. More than 17,000 policemen worked in Rio state each day during the festivities.

Statistics from the Friday to Tuesday bash have not yet been released. However, Pezao said the number of firearms confiscated by authorities was "incredible."

A year after hosting the 2016 Olympics, Rio is experiencing a spike in violence.