Shooting incident on “Highway of Terror” raises concerns towards Rio Olympics

A little more than a month before the start of the 2016 Olympics, a shooting incident was documented in Rio near the Olympic Village, raising concerns for personal safety issues in addition to the Zika virus outbreak that is worrying athletes.

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In seven weeks’ time, the Olympic Games will be launched in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and in addition to some of the athletes’ fears about arriving at the Zika-plagued country, it seems that personal security is also becoming a substantial cause for concern for local authorities and citizens as the big event nears.

Today (Wednesday), a violent incident was documented near the Olympic Village in Rio, on the main highway leading to the sports facilities at which thousands of athletes from around the globe are expected to arrive in August. For several long minutes, members of rival gangs opened fire at each other, leading passengers on the road to exit their cars and get down on the ground in fear of being hit.

The highway, known as the “Highway of Terror” in Brazil, is infamous for the shooting incidents that have taken place across it and which have escalated in recent months, leading many Brazilians to fear for their lives. The main highway leads not only to the sports facilities constructed for the Olympics, but also to some of Rio’s slums, the favelas, where criminal gang members roam free.

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