British family shot at in Brazil

A couple and their three children are attacked after they take a wrong turn at a resort about 90 miles from Rio de Janeiro.

06:07, UK, Monday 07 August 2017

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Image may contain: sky, mountain, outdoor, nature and waterImage: The Angra dos Reis coastal area is a popular tourist destination about 90 miles from Rio

By Damien Pearse, News Reporter

A British mother has been shot in front of her three children while holidaying in Brazil.

The woman and her family were travelling in Angra dos Reis, a coastal resort, about 90 miles from Rio de Janeiro, when they were attacked.

Brazilian police said a group approached the family’s car on Sunday and apparently told them to get out – and then opened fire.

Brazil’s O Globo newspaper said the family had gone into a deprived area to search for water.

They were attacked when they failed to understand instructions to leave the area.

The mother was shot twice in the stomach, the paper said, and is undergoing surgery. Her husband and children were not injured.

Police did not give the woman’s condition, though it is not believed to be life-threatening.

The Foreign Office said it “is in touch with local authorities in Rio de Janeiro following reports of a British national being shot near the city”.

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

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British woman shot after family stray into Brazil favela

Family car with three children inside is fired on west of Rio after apparently misunderstanding drug gang’s orders

The British family mistakenly drove into a Brazilian slum looking to buy water, according to the local police chief.
 The British family mistakenly drove into a Brazilian slum looking to buy water, according to the local police chief. Photograph: Apu Gomes/AFP/Getty Images

A British woman has been shot at a holiday hotspot near Rio after her family mistakenly drove into a favela, Brazilian media have reported.

The woman was hit twice in the abdomen, newspaper O Globo said, when the car she was in with her husband and three children was fired upon. The rest of the family were unhurt in Sunday’s incident.

The oldest of the three children in car was four years old, Rio newspaper O Dia reported.

Civil police said the family were travelling in Angra dos Reis – a popular coastal holiday destination about 150km (90 miles) west of Rio on the Costa Verde – when they were attacked. Authorities said a group approached the car and apparently told the family to get out before opening fire.

Local police chief Bruno Gilaberte told O Globo the family were trying to buy water when they were told to drive towards the the Água Santa – or holy water – community. “This whole confusion seems to have happened partly because of the language barrier,” he said. “They ended up driving towards the Água Santa community where they were challenged by criminals. Because they didn’t understand the order they received to leave the area, they just carried on and were shot at.”

Angra Dos Reis is a popular tourist area on Rio de Janeiro’s ‘Green Coast’.
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 Angra Dos Reis is a popular tourist area on Rio de Janeiro’s ‘Green Coast’. Photograph: AGF/UIG via Getty Images

Newspaper O Dia said the area they entered was controlled by the Terceiro Comando Puro – or Pure Third Command – gang, which is one of the main drug factions in Rio de Janeiro.

The police statement said the woman was being treated at a hospital but did not give her condition. Police did not release a name or home town.

A UK Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are in touch with the local authorities in Angra dos Reis, Brazil, following reports of the shooting of a British national.”

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

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Associated Press contributed to this report

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/07/british-woman-shot-after-family-stray-into-brazil-favela

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