Residents walk past by Brazilian Army soldiers who patrol during an operation against drug dealers in the Alemao complex slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 20, 2018. Image Credit: Reuters

Rio de Janeiro: At least 14 people were killed Monday in Rio de Janeiro during operations by soldiers and police against drug gangs in impoverished favelas and a suburb, officials and media reports said.

The military command heading security in Brazil's second biggest city said eight people died in the sweep of favelas "and there could be more."

Local media reported six suspected armed gang members were killed after a car chase in the suburb of Niteroi.