Two shot dead at Rio Olympic sites

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Po­lice said on Satur­day that of­fi­cials shot a mug­ger near the sta­dium where the open­ing cer­e­mony took place and a woman was killed close to an­other Olympic site.

The vi­o­lence on Fri­day high­lighted the task fac­ing an un­prece­dented force of 85 000 sol­diers and po­lice de­ployed to se­cure the Olympics.

Rio po­lice said in a state­ment that a man was mug­ging peo­ple near the Mara­cana sta­dium when he was in­ter­cepted by one of the po­lice of­fi­cers sent from an­other area of Brazil to Rio as part of the huge re­in­force­ments.

“The man was car­ry­ing out as­saults when a mil­i­tary po­lice of­fi­cer... shot him,” the state­ment said.

Hours ear­lier, an ar­chi­tect was killed while driv­ing by one of the main en­trances to the Olympic Boule­vard, a re­de­vel­oped port area that now hosts the Olympic flame and has be­come a ma­jor tourist at­trac­tion.

The woman (51) was at­tacked by three armed mug­gers, po­lice said. She tried to flee and was shot in the head.

The main fo­cus of se­cu­rity is Rio, a city where drug traf­fick­ers con­trol large parts of poor neigh­bour­hoods.

How­ever, the de­ploy­ment of troops and po­lice — dou­ble the num­ber used at the 2012 Lon­don Games — also in­cludes the ci­ties of Brasilia, Belo Hor­i­zonte, Manaus, Sal­vador and Sao Paulo, where soc­cer matches are be­ing played. — AFP

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