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Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian police shoot a man who took dozens of hostages in a bus

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Brazilian police shot dead a man who took dozens of hostages with a fake weapon in a bus in the southern state of Rio de Janeiro.

Bralilian media reported on Tuesday, that a man threatened to set fire to the bus before being shot by police, in a confrontation that lasted four hours was broadcast live on television.

The network said that all the hostages, numbering 37 people, were released unharmed from the incident, which occurred on a bridge linking the city of “Rio de Janeiro” and the town of “Niteroi” through the bay “Guanabara”, explaining that the bus was returning from the city of “Sao Goncalo” .

The Brazilian police had said – at first – that the man carrying a gun and a knife, but later announced that the gun was not original.

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