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US Diplomat Shot In Foot During Attempted Robbery In Brazil

Brazilian marines and police special forces personnel check the IDs of three youngster during a patrol along a street of the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 24, 2017.Brazilian marines and police special forces personnel check the IDs of three youngster during a patrol along a street of the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 24, 2017. Security officials said the giant Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro was back under control Saturday after hundreds of soldiers and police were sent to battle heavily armed drug traffickers. / AFP PHOTO / Mauro PIMENTEL (Photo credit should read MAURO PIMENTEL/AFP/Getty Images)

An American diplomat was shot during an armed robbery near Rio de Janeiro Friday, the Associated Press reports.

Vice consul Stephanie Bohlen was shot in the foot on a road approximately 90 miles from Rio de Janerio, according to federal highway police. She was first brought to a local hospital and then transferred to a hospital in Rio for surgery.

Bohlen was traveling with a male partner, who was reportedly uninjured in the attack.

Angra dos Reis, the site of the attack, is a popular vacation destination and was the site of an additional shooting earlier this year, according to The Hill.

Eloise Dixon, a British tourist, was shot twice by drug gang members while she was wandering through the “rough neighborhood” of Angra dos Reis.

The U.S. Consulate in Rio did not reply to a request for details, according to the Associated Press report. Bolden’s current condition is therefore not immediately clear.

 

 

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