Bri­tish tourist shot af­ter wrong turn in Brazil­ian favela

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - A Bri­tish tourist was shot and wounded af­ter ac­ci­den­tally driv­ing with her hus­band and three chil­dren into a favela con­trolled by crim­i­nals in a usu­ally idyl­lic hol­i­day spot near Rio de Janeiro, po­lice said.

The fam­ily was hol­i­day­ing in the sea­side re­sort of An­gra dos Reis when they took a wrong turn on Sun­day while look­ing for a place to buy wa­ter and en­tered the slum.

In­side the favela, called Agua Santa, ‘they were con­fronted by crim­i­nals who or­dered them to get out and the car was hit by shots from a firearm,’ lo­cal po­lice chief Bruno Gi­l­aberte said.

The woman un­der­went surgery in the An­gra dos Reis hos- pital and ‘is in sta­ble, good con­di­tion,’ he said.

“The bul­let went through the whole ab­domen but by luck didn’t hit ma­jor ar­ter­ies or im­por­tant or­gans. She was re­ally lucky,” lo­cal hos­pi­tal direc­tor Ro­drigo Mucheli said on Globo tele­vi­sion.

Tele­vi­sion footage of the dam­aged rental car showed how close an es­cape the Bri­tish vis­i­tors had: one bul­let hit a front tyre, an­other the front pas­sen­ger door and a third the head­rest where the vic­tim was sit­ting.

The Rio area is one of the world’s most fa­mous tourist des­ti­na­tions but many fave­las - largely un­reg­u­lated com­mu­ni­ties of work­ing class Brazil­ians - are ef­fec­tively no-go ar­eas for out­siders and even for po­lice.

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