Gunmen kill Rio hostage

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Armed gunmen took 35 people hostage at a luxury hotel on 21 August 2010 after a blazing shoot–out with police that left one person dead, turning an unwelcome spotlight on the host of the 2016 Olympic Games.

The hostages later were released unharmed after police cornered the gunmen inside the hotel kitchen. But a woman was killed and seven people, including four police officers, were wounded by gunfire as the violence spilled from the streets of Rio into the lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel. Nine suspects were arrested, police said. " Unfortunately in Rio we have drug traffickers with barbaric tendencies, and when they run into the police these things happen, " said Jose Mariano Beltrame, head of Public Safety for the state of Rio de Janeiro, speaking to the Associated Press. Police have been under increasing pressure to impose order on Rio's poor security record prior to the city becoming involved in the hosting of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as well as the 2016 summer Olympics.

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