EFESao Paulo

The government of Brazil authorized Monday the dispatch of officers of the National Force, an elite body of the police, to reinforce security in the state of Amazonas, which is experiencing a wave of attacks by criminal groups.

"At the request of the governor of Amazonas, Wilson Lima, and aiming to help restore peace and order in the state capital, I have just authorized the use of the National Force in Manaus," wrote Justice Minister Anderson Torres on Twitter.

Lima thanked Torres for accepting his request for "troops and vehicles of the National Force to reinforce our actions to combat crimes that have been happening since the early hours of Sunday."

Criminals set fire to an outpatient clinic, a union building and an electronic teller machine at dawn, and shot at a police station in the center of the city, where there was an exchange of fire with officers.