Bystander Killed in Shootout at Luxury Hotel in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - One Rio de Janiero resident says his upscale, beachside neighborhood seemed more like Iraq for a time today.

Gunmen armed with high-caliber rifles, grenades and pistols exchanged fire with police. A bystander was killed as she was getting out of a taxi.

Thirty people were taken hostage at a luxury hotel popular with foreign tourists, but were released within hours.

Television images showed an elite unit of Brazil's military police entering the Intercontinental Hotel and evacuating approximately 400 guests, many of whom were staying there for a dentists' convention.

Police say 10 suspects have been arrested.

Security in Rio de Janeiro is of great concern as the city prepares to host the final of the 2014 soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. Officials have started an aggressive program to clear drug gangs from the city's slums.


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