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  • 14 January 2014, 5:15

Brazil Police Linked To 'Revenge' Killings Of 12

The fatal shootings of 12 young men in Brazil could have been carried out by police officers as revenge after one of their colleagues was killed.

The wave of murders began on Sunday night and continued into early Monday in Campinas, 60 miles (100km) northwest of Sao Paulo.

Investigators said the killings occurred within about four hours of one another.

They came after an off-duty police officer was killed while fighting armed robbers who targeted him as he stopped at a petrol station in the same region.

The men were killed in mostly drive-by style shootings.

"We're not ruling out executions, revenge nor a fight between criminals," police investigator Licurgo Nunes Costa told the newspaper Estado de S Paulo.

"It's a sequence of events in the same region and around the same time, and we have to consider the relationship between the occurrences."

Shortly after the killings protesters attacked commuter buses, burning at least three of them.

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