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Shoot-out kills 2, injures 10 in Brazil

2013-01-14 19:59

Rio de Janeiro - Two people were killed and a further 10 injured in a shoot-out at a bar in Nova Friburgo, in the mountains of the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, where a Carnival group was rehearsing, Brazilian media reported on Monday.

The attack happened late on Sunday, when a man opened fire on people at the bar, the daily Folha de Sao Paulo reported.

The shooter then fled the scene, reportedly with three accomplices.

The injured were taken to hospital.

Police said they had identified the attacker, reportedly a resident of Olaria, the neighbourhood where the shooting happened.

He was yet to be arrested.

Media reported the attack was likely a vendetta against a young man at the bar who was killed in the shooting.

Carnival, in early February this year, is a huge event around Brazil, most famously in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Carnival groups rehearse for months to put on colourful shows around the country during the event.