Armed bandits rob German tourists in Rio de Janeiro

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Brazilian police say gunmen have attacked a tourist van and robbed nine German tourists visiting Rio de Janeiro.

Armed bandits rob German tourists in Rio de Janeiro

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Brazilian police say gunmen have attacked a tourist van and robbed nine German tourists visiting Rio de Janeiro.

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Police say in a brief statement the incident occurred Thursday.

Gunmen forced the tourists’ van to stop as it was approaching a wooded area near Christ the Redeemer statue. The driver and guide were also robbed. The statement provided no further details.

A press officer said by phone the assailants took money, cameras, cellphones and documents and fled without hurting anyone. She declined to be identified because she was not authorized to comment on the case.

On Saturday an American woman was gang raped and beaten aboard a public transport van while her French boyfriend was handcuffed, hit with a crowbar and forced to watch the attacks.

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