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Shootout Forces Shutdown of Cable Car to Rio’s Sugarloaf

RIO DE JANEIRO – The cable car line to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, one of the main attractions in this Brazilian city, was shut down on Friday because of an intense shootout in the area, authorities said.

Residents from the nearby Urca neighborhood posted information and videos of the shootout on social media.

The gunfight frightened both residents and tourists who were on Vermelha beach, just south of Sugarloaf Mountain.

The area is considered to be one of Rio’s safest neighborhoods, as it is home to several army institutions.

A soldier was injured in the shootout although he is in stable condition, police said.

In one of the videos posted on Twitter, one of the gunmen is seen descending the mountain being followed by cops in a helicopter and then arrested by authorities on the beach.

Ever since the 2016 Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro has been in the midst of a wave of violence that recently took a turn for the worse, leading President Michel Temer to sign an executive order in February giving the military control of law enforcement and public safety.

The presence of the army, however, has not significantly curbed violence in the region.

 

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