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Brazil gunmen wound 9 in shooting in World Cup city of Belo Horizonte, 4 in critical condition

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SAO PAULO - Police in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte say gunmen opened fire on a group of men in a bar watching Monday's match between Brazil and Cameroon.

Sgt. Jonathas Rocha is a press officer of the Belo Horizonte police department. He says nine men were wounded and four of them are in critical condition.

He said that the gunmen belonged to a drug trafficking gang settling accounts with a rival group and that "the shooting had nothing do with the World Cup."

He said the shooting occurred in a slum "far away" from the Mineirao Stadium that will host Tuesday's match between England and Costa Rica, as well as from areas visited by tourists in town for the tournament.

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