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April 18, 2014

brazflagTroops patrolled the World Cup host city of Salvador on Thursday after a deadly orgy of violence triggered by a police strike less than two months before thousands of fans descend on the coastal Brazilian metropolis for the football extravaganza.

Thirty-nine deaths and widespread looting of supermarkets, pharmacies and electronics stores were reported in a 48-hour crime wave, adding to concerns about Brazil’s ability to deliver a safe World Cup.

State officials said Thursday police were back on duty after ending their industrial dispute, which got under way on Tuesday.

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