A soldier takes part in an aerial exercise to train to provide security for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Rio de Janeiro will host the Olympics Games in August.
A soldier takes part in an aerial exercise to train to provide security for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Rio de Janeiro will host the Olympics Games in August. AP Photo - Eraldo Peres

Russian diplomat kills mugger near Rio Olympics

THE Russian vice-consul in Rio de Janeiro shot dead an armed mugger who had tried to hold him up in his car - just after the Olympic torch relay had passed by on the last day before the Rio 2016 opening ceremony.

Marcos Cesar Feres Braga, a Brazilian lawyer who holds the vice-consul post at the Russian consulate, reportedly grabbed the attacker and pulled him into his BMW X6 after the man had smashed the car window and pointed a gun at Braga.

A struggle ensued inside the diplomat's car until Braga managed to grab the assailant's gun, which he used to shoot the would-be mugger dead at point blank range, according to police.

The mugger, who was on a motorbike with another man, struck at around midday as Braga was waiting for traffic to start moving again after the Olympic torch had passed by on Avenida das Americas in the Barra da Tijuca district of Rio, close to the Olympic Park and athletes village.

Witnesses said that at the moment of the shooting Olympic cyclists from Slovenia were passing by on a training exercise.

Read more at New Zealand Herald


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