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Brazilian officer killed on Rio Olympics duty

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Helio Vieira, on duty at Rio Olympics was slain in the line of duty. Image credit: Facebook
Helio Vieira, on duty at Rio Olympics was slain in the line of duty. Image credit: Facebook


RIO DE JANEIRO, Dhu-AlQa’dah 9, 1437, Aug 12, 2016, SPA — A Brazilian police officer has died after being shot in the head when he and two others working security at the Rio Olympics got lost near a slum and encountered gunfire, AP reported.

Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes announced Helio Vieira’s death early Friday on his official Facebook page.

The officers from Brazil’s national security force were using a GPS device to navigate unfamiliar streets Wednesday afternoon when they took a wrong turn off a highway leading to Rio’s international airport. Their truck was sprayed with bullets, shattering the windows.

Viera died late Thursday and the other officers suffered minor injuries.

More than 85,000 security forces have been deployed in Rio for the Olympics, which is double the number of London in 2012.

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