SAO PAULO (AP) Authorities say a policeman and a former policeman have been detained by officials investigating the killings of eight people at the fan club of a popular Brazilian soccer club.
The two men detained on Thursday will be interrogated in connection with the April 18 attack at the headquarters of Corinthians’ Pavilhao 9 fan group.
Police have dismissed the possibility that fan rivalry played a role in the attack, and said a dispute over drug dealing may have led to the raid on the eve of the team’s match against rival Palmeiras.
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Witnesses say three gunmen stormed the gritty site where the soccer aficionados meet underneath a highway overpass, and shot seven people in the head. An eighth man ran to a fuel station after being shot but died later.