Wave of violence in Brazilian state enters seventh day

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Groups of criminals in the northeastern Brazilian state of Ceara are carrying out fresh attacks on public infrastructure and businesses.

The violence is becoming the first big test of security in the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro, who was inaugurated last week.

Authorities said Tuesday that at least four buses and a construction site were torched overnight in Fortaleza.

State news service Agencia Brasil also reported that a group tried to blow up a bridge.

More than 200 members of Brazil's elite National Police Force, along with about 145 military police officers have been deployed in Fortaleza.

Local authorities believe the attacks are the result of a new proposed state plan to combat gang activities in prisons. Many drug gangs are able to operate their business from overcrowded prisons.