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Shooting deaths follow Brazilian Cup final
AFP, July 12th, 2012 3:54PM

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During celebrations of Palmeiras' Brazilian Cup final win in various districts of Osasco, a suburban Sao Paulo town, eight people were shot dead.

A total of nine people were shot in Osasco, the fifth most populous town in Sao Paulo's sprawling metropolitan area.

The killers took advantage of the commotion caused by exploding fireworks to attack the victims, the military police said, but it insisted that the killings were not linked to the Palmeiras victory celebrations. "None of the victims wore Palmeiras jerseys" and the relatives did not make a link with the Palmeiras celebrations, the police statement noted.

Palmeiras won the Brazilian Cup, 3-1, on aggregate late Wednesday after drawing 1-1 in the second leg of the final against Curitiba in the capital of the southeastern state of Parana. The win qualified Palmeiras for the Copa Libertadores.

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