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Italian tourist killed in favela in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro

  • Two motorcycles that belonged to Italian tourists that were touring South America are picked up and taken away by authorities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec.8, 2016. Police say Italian tourist Roberto Bardella was killed by alleged drug traffickers as he drove his bike by one of the entrance of the Morro dos Prazeres favela. Rio de Janeiro police said another Italian tourist named Rino Polato was found early in the day unharmed at an entrance to the Morro dos Prazeres favela. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    Two motorcycles that belonged to Italian tourists that were touring South America are picked up and taken away by authorities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec.8, 2016. Police say Italian tourist Roberto Bardella was killed by alleged drug traffickers as he drove his bike by one of the entrance of the Morro dos Prazeres favela. Rio de Janeiro police said another Italian tourist named Rino Polato was found early in the day unharmed at an entrance to the Morro dos Prazeres favela. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)  (The Associated Press)

  • A bloody surgical glove is seen at the site where the body of Italian tourist Roberto Bardella was left by alleged traffickers at one of the entrance of the Morro dos Prazeres favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Police say Bardella was killed in a favela near the center of Brazil's Rio de Janeiro in an area fought over by rival drug trafficking gangs. Rio de Janeiro police said another Italian tourist named Rino Polato was found early in the day unharmed at an entrance to the Morro dos Prazeres favela. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    A bloody surgical glove is seen at the site where the body of Italian tourist Roberto Bardella was left by alleged traffickers at one of the entrance of the Morro dos Prazeres favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Police say Bardella was killed in a favela near the center of Brazil's Rio de Janeiro in an area fought over by rival drug trafficking gangs. Rio de Janeiro police said another Italian tourist named Rino Polato was found early in the day unharmed at an entrance to the Morro dos Prazeres favela. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)  (The Associated Press)

  • A bloody surgical glove is seen at the site where the body of Italian tourist Roberto Bardella was left by alleged traffickers at one of the entrance of the Morro dos Prazeres favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Police say Bardella was killed in a favela near the center of Brazil's Rio de Janeiro in an area fought over by rival drug trafficking gangs. Rio de Janeiro police identified the dead tourist as Bardella and said another Italian tourist named Rino Polato was found early in the day unharmed at an entrance to the Morro dos Prazeres favela. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    A bloody surgical glove is seen at the site where the body of Italian tourist Roberto Bardella was left by alleged traffickers at one of the entrance of the Morro dos Prazeres favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Police say Bardella was killed in a favela near the center of Brazil's Rio de Janeiro in an area fought over by rival drug trafficking gangs. Rio de Janeiro police identified the dead tourist as Bardella and said another Italian tourist named Rino Polato was found early in the day unharmed at an entrance to the Morro dos Prazeres favela. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)  (The Associated Press)

An Italian tourist was killed Thursday in a shantytown near the center of Rio de Janeiro in an area fought over by rival drug trafficking gangs, police said.

Authorities identified the dead man as Roberto Bardella and said another Italian tourist, Rino Polato, was found unharmed at an entrance to the Morro dos Prazeres favela early in the day.

The men were touring South America on motorcycles that were found in the favela, officials said. Investigators believe the Italians got lost in the favela.

The city's pacification effort has a police station in the slum, but the program has been deeply affected by budget cuts amid a financial crisis for the Rio de Janeiro state government.

Police have been attacked in the favela several times in recent years.