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Following Baby's Death, Mob Frees Detainees and Sets Police Station on Fire in State of Bahia

07/18/2014 - 09h07

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JOÃO PEDRO PITOMBO
FROM SALVADOR

MARTHA ALVES
FROM SÃO PAULO

The city of Amargosa, 250km from Salvador, state of Bahia, went through a night of revolt and vandalism last Wednesday, July 16th, following the death of a 1 year old girl.

She was hit by a stray bullet during a police chase.

The city police station was broken into and its agents had to evacuate the premises. Unidentified males stole guns, freed 14 prisoners and set the building on fire.

Nobody was hurt.

Until Thursday evening, July 17th, only four detainees had been recaptured.

Around 30 motorbikes and 12 cars that were under the responsibility of the police were set to flame.

Four regular cars were also burned down, as well as a school bus and a truck belonging to the local electricity provider.

The Police believe that drug dealers may have infiltrated the pacific demonstration that took place after the baby's death and consequently damaged the police station and cars.

The situation had been resolved by 9pm after 100 policemen from neighboring towns as well as Salvador's specialized police forces were sent to Amargosa.

On a regular day, the city of 37 thousand inhabitants is patrolled by four military policemen.

The police chase that ended in the baby's death took place on Wednesday afternoon in the Catiara neighborhood.

A civil police officer was on his way home when he spotted a drug trafficking suspect on the run.

During the chase, the subject broke into a family home where the shooting took place. One of the shots hit the girl's head, who was sitting on her father's lap.

Her burial took place on Thursday afternoon, July 17th.

Residents of Amargosa told the police that the stray shot that hit the girl was fired by the policeman.

Translated by CRISTIANE COSTA LIMA

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Donato Neto /Amargosa News
Amargosa went through a night of revolt and vandalism, following the death of a 1 year old girl
Amargosa went through a night of revolt and vandalism, following the death of a 1 year old girl

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