According to EFE, the Brazilian city of Campinas, the country’s second largest city in São Paulo state, on the night of Sunday (January 12) and Monday (January 13) registered at least twelve homicides, some of which appeared to have been linked.
Police advise that ten people were shot to death in two of the city’s neighborhoods and at least two others died in hospitals where people wounded in the shootings were taken.
The twelve shooting deaths all occurred within a span of four hours.
COMMENT: In reprisal for the deaths, local assailants set three buses on fire in the neighborhoods where the killings occurred.
Campinas is located 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the City of São Paulo and is an industrial and university center, with a metropolitan region encompassing 3.5 million people and consisting of 38 municipalities.
Campinas is scheduled to host to the national soccer teams of Portugal and Nigeria during the World Cup in Brazil, which will be held during June and July 2014.
I continue to advise our readers that both São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro have had designated threat levels for crime by the US Department of State at the “Critical” threat levels for over 20 years.
For those planning to attend World Cup events in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016 are urged to finalize their attendance at events now as waiting could be counterproductive the longer you wait.
For those planning to visit either São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro, please review my posting of December 26, 2013, entitled “Brazil: Security Tips for Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Major Cities,” which is a comprehensive list of security tips:
Please do keep in mind, though, that our collective postings do not include ALL criminal incidents in Brazil, but only major incidents that are randomly selected in order to afford our readers a cross-section of the global threat picture.