British tourist family shot at in Brazil, 1 wounded - police

2017-08-07 09:31
Aerial view of a favela, or shantytown, in Rio de Janeiro. (AFP)

Aerial view of a favela, or shantytown, in Rio de Janeiro. (AFP)

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Rio de Janeiro – Brazilian police say a family of British tourists who made a wrong turn while travelling in a car outside Rio de Janeiro was shot at and a woman was wounded.

Civil police said on Sunday that a couple and their three children were travelling in Angra dos Reis, a popular coastal vacation destination about 150km from the city. Authorities say a group approached the car and apparently told the family to get out and then opened fire.

A police statement says the woman was hit in the abdomen and was being treated at a hospital. It did not give her condition.

Police released no names or hometown.

Tourists in Brazil have occasionally been attacked when they accidentally stray into slums, which are often controlled by criminal gangs.

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