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2016 Rio Olympic media bus hit by bullets

Rio Olympic media bus hit by bullets

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil A bus carrying journalists on one of Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic transport lines was struck by bullets on Tuesday, passengers said.

Two windows were smashed and at least two people, were injured, according to local media reports.

The incident occurred on the Transolimpica bus line that links Barra Olympic Park with Deodoro Park, the two biggest venue clusters for the Rio 2016 Games.

One of those injured was a Belarusian journalist, who was hit by shattered glass, according to a passenger. A Turkish volunteer was also grazed by shrapnel.

Police said they were investigating if the vehicle was hit by bullets or rocks.

“We were travelling from the hockey venue to the Main Press Center,” a photographer who was travelling on the bus said. “I was sitting at the back. There was a popping, cracking noise.

“The bus didn’t come to a stop but paused. Everyone was on the floor so I got on the floor as well.

It is not the first such incident to occur at the Aug 5-22 Rio Olympics. A man was shot dead near the Maracana stadium before last Friday’s opening ceremony and a stray bullet was fired at a media tent at the equestrian venue on Saturday. (PNA/Xinhua)

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