Two people have been shot dead at Olympics sites in Rio de Janeiro

Police stand near the body of a man who was shot and killed.
Police stand near the body of a man who was shot and killed.

POLICE SHOT A mugger near the stadium where the Rio Olympics opening ceremony took place and a woman was killed close to another Olympic site, police said Saturday.

The violence has highlighted the task facing an unprecedented force of 85,000 soldiers and police deployed to secure the Olympics.

Rio police said in a statement that a man was mugging people near the Maracana stadium when he was intercepted by one of the police officers sent from another area of Brazil to Rio as part of the huge reinforcements.

The statement said: The man was carrying out assaults when a military police officer… shot him.

Hours earlier, a female architect was killed while driving by one of the main entrances to the Olympic Boulevard, a redeveloped port area that now hosts the Olympic flame and has become a major tourist attraction. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

SOURCES: The Journal.ie

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.