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Salvador murder rates more than doubled since police strike

Felipe Dana / AP

Onlookers watch as morgue workers remove the body of a man killed during a shooting in the Itinga neighborhood of Salvador, Brazil on Feb. 8. About one-third of Bahia state's 30,000 patrolling police went on strike last week. That led to a doubling of the murder rate in Salvador, the nation's third-largest city.

Murder rates in the northeastern city of Salvador, Brazil have more than doubled since one-third of the 30,000 police in the state of Bahia walked off the job Jan. 31.

Though violence has tapered off a bit since more than 3,400 soldiers and federal police were sent in to patrol Salvador, tensions remained high in the city of 2.7 million people.

Initially strikers were asking for six points, including pay raises and bonuses, but media reports Sunday said they'd scaled back their demands to just two — bonuses and amnesty from future reprisals for having taken part in the strike.

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Felipe Dana / AP

Morgue workers remove the body of a man killed during a shooting in Salvador, Brazil on Feb. 8.