Brazilian police are looking into a fatal shooting on an Indigenous land
Brazilian police are looking into a fatal shooting on an Indigenous land

Sao Paulo: The Yanomami Indigenous people were shot, killing one and injuring two, according to the Brazilian federal police, who said the main suspects were illegal gold miners operating in that region of Roraima state.

The incident occurred on Saturday, according to a police statement, which also stated that the government sent members of the Air Force and the Indigenous issues agency FUNAI to assist with the investigation.

The Yanomami people, who are among the world's most isolated, were allegedly affected by widespread river contamination, famine, and disease as a result of illegal gold mining, according to the Brazilian government, which drove them out of their territory earlier this year.

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The Brazilian government calculated that in February, about 20,000 people were involved in illegal mining, frequently using poisonous mercury to separate out gold. Since then, a number of military and federal police raids have made it more difficult for gold miners to access that region.

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In the northwest corner of Brazil's Amazon, across the states of Roraima and Amazonas, resides the largest indigenous territory in the country, home to an estimated 30,000 Yanomami people. This territory is roughly the size of Portugal and spans Roraima and Amazonas.

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