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Troops patrol streets in Brazilian city amid deadly crime wave

More than 1,000 army troops are patrolling the streets of the south-eastern Brazilian city of Vitoria amid a crime wave that left at least 70 people dead over two days.

The killings in the city about 460 miles north east of Sao Paulo came as patrol cars stopped cruising the streets while the friends and family of military police officers blocked their barracks to demand higher pay for their uniformed loved ones.

The troops were deployed to help halt the growing crime.

Public buses resumed circulating on Tuesday morning b ut the president of the local bus transportation workers' union said the vehicles would stop service for the day at 7pm.

Images aired by the Globo television network showed near empty streets and only a few shops open.

AP

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