Media Bus Attacked While Traveling Between Venues at Rio Games Raising Security Fears

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by Press Association, The Daily Telegraph, August 10, 2016

A media transport bus has had two windows smashed after being attacked while travelling between venues at the Rio Olympic Games on Tuesday.

The bus was travelling between the Deodoro zone and the main transport mall in the Olympic Park at around 7:30pm local time (23:30BST) when the incident occurred with about a dozen media on board.

The IOC said in a statement: "We are aware that a media bus travelling from Deodoro to Barra on the Transcarioca had two windows broken by objects coming from the surrounding area.

"The security authorities are now investigating the incident and we await their report before making further comment."

A Press Association photographer, travelling on the bus at the time of the incident, said: "We were travelling from the hockey venue to the Main Press Centre. I was sitting at the back. There was a popping, cracking noise.

"The bus driver stopped the bus about half a minute afterwards. People started shouting 'just keep going'. After a couple of minutes we had a police escort." The bus didn't come to a stop but paused. Everyone was on the floor so I got on the floor as well.

"A few minutes later the bus pulled over on the motorway and the driver spoke to the police. Then we all got back on the bus and came back to the main transport mall.

"There were minor injuries from glass shards but nobody was seriously hurt."

Rio organising committee spokesman Mario Andrada said: "We don't know yet if the bus was shot, or it was a stone."

He said three of the 12 journalists on the bus received minor injuries.


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