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Rio Olympics: Russian diplomat shoots mugger dead

Rodrigo Pontes carries the Olympic torch past the Contemporary Art Museum on its way to Rio de Janeiro for the opening ceremony of Rio's 2016 Summer Olympics, in Niteroi, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016. The three-month torch relay across Brazil will end at the opening ceremony on Aug. 5, in Maracana stadium.

A Russian diplomat has reportedly shot dead a man who tried to rob him in Rio on the eve of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

The deadly incident happened just after the Olympic torch passed through the Avenida das Americas when the mugger, who was on a motorbike, hit the diplomat as he was sitting in his car, the Globo newspaper reported.

The official, named in reports as Marcos Cesar Feres Braga, is then said to have grabbed the robber’s gun and shot him dead during a struggle.

An accomplice, who was reportedly also on a motorbike, fled the scene.

Some reports said the Russian diplomat is trained in jiu-jitsu.


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