Thursday, August 11, 2016

Rio 2016: Olympics Organizers Beef Up Security Following Recent Attacks

2016 Rio Olympics - Equestrian - Preliminary - Dressage Individual Grand Prix Day 1 - Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Centre - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. A security personnel member stands guard at the equestrian venue. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Security has been beefed up by the Rio Olympics organizers on Wednesday as safety concerns mounted following the disturbance of the bus carrying journalists, threat posed by possible street robbers and a security patrol coming under fire near Rio’s international airport.
In the last incident, three members of the patrol were wounded, including one, who sources say, is in a critical condition in the hospital. On Tuesday night, a bus was transporting journalists from a basketball venue to the Olympics media center when flying objects shattered two windows. Some passengers said they heard gunshots but a police investigation concluded that they were stones. Two people suffered minor lacerations in the incident. Rio Olympics: Gold Medalist Robbed, Beaten Up Rio 2016: Australia Dominates Olympics Organizers also said they were probing reports of a second bullet discovered at the equestrian center. A security source said the shell was found near the stables. Police have said a stray bullet that hit the equestrian center on Saturday was fired by a high-velocity rifle from a nearby slum. Authorities say it was targeting a surveillance blimp being flown over the city during the Games. In the case of the bus attack, Luiz Fernando Correa, security chief for the Games, said stones had hit the metal rim of the vehicle’s windows, making a loud noise, before smashing the glass. A police source told Reuters it was the third time an Olympics bus had been targeted by youths throwing stones.

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