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3 killed in gun battle near Rio tourist zone

Three people were killed and five wounded during pitched gun battles between Brazilian police and drug traffickers in two Rio slums, triggering panic in the nearby Copacabana and Ipanema tourist areas. Two "criminals" were wounded in a morning clash and died at the hospital. A third "fell off a cliff and died," military police said in a statement to AFP about the shootouts in the Cantagalo and Pavao-Pavaozinho favelas.
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