Media bus attacked by stayaway Brazilians at Rio Olympics

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We've seen records broken, a flurry of gold medals and lots of entertainment at the Olympics so far, but sometimes the safety of many has to be the forefront of people's minds.

A media bus that was carrying 12 journalists back to the Olympic Village after they had been to watch a women's basketball match was attacked by what is thought to be a group of stayaway Brazilians, who bombarded the vehicle with rocks.

At first hand, many feared that it was a gun attack, but further investigations have revealed that no firearms were used.


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There is only one documented case of any injury - a Turkish volunteer, who was struck by a flying piece of glass. 


Due to the events taking place so suddenly, passengers barely had any time to think, leading many to believe that the bus was being shot at. "Everyone was on the floor, so I got on the floor as well," a photographer for the Press Association told the Daily Mail.

A member of a basketball publication who was travelling on the bus was convinced that they were being shot at. "We were shot. We could hear the reports of the gun," she said.


The police are continuing to investigate the situation. A spokesperson told the Daily Mail on Wednesday morning that "the incident was most likely caused by missiles" i.e. rocks, rather than the vehicle being shot at by a firearm. 

The International Olympic Committee also released a statement on Wednesday morning saying: "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."


It's not the first security threat at Rio 2016, either. Since the games began on Saturday, a bullet had landed in the equestrian media centre, sparking paramount concern amongst the authorities.

BBC Sport have, on Wednesday, posted that security is extremely tight, mentioning that their car had been searched upon entry to Deodoro. 

What do you think needs to be done for security to be even tighter at Rio? Post your thoughts in the comments box below.

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