Gunmen attack Indians in Brazil, injuring at least 7

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Gunmen attack Indians in Brazil, injuring at least 7

Sao Paulo, May 2 (AP) Officials say men armed with rifles, clubs and machetes attacked a group of Indians in northeastern Brazil injuring at least seven people.

The Catholic Church’s Indigenous Missionary Council says gunmen hired by ranchers attacked members of the Gamela tribe who last week occupied what they considered to be ancestral lands that are now being used as pasture land for cattle.

The Maranhao state government says seven people were injured in Sunday’s attack. The church group puts that number at 13.

The attack came about one week after police in Brasilia shot tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse thousands of indigenous people demanding the demarcation of their land.

(AP)

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