Bus hijacker shot dead by police in Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian police shot dead a man who hijacked a bus on a bridge across Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro and took 37 people hostage.

The hijacking began at about 5am on Tuesday 20th August when a masked man commandeered a commuter bus on the bridge, which connects Rio with the city of Niterói. The man took 37 people in the bus hostage before freeing six of them, officials said.

About four hours later, the hostage-taker walked out of the bus, flung a backpack toward police and then fell to the ground as he tried to re-enter the vehicle, TV images showed. Police officials said he was shot by a police sniper.

Source : Reuters