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article imagePolice free 30 hostages at hotel in Rio de Janeiro

By Igor I. Solar     Aug 21, 2010 in Crime
Rio De Janeiro - About 30 people held hostage in a five star hotel in the south side of Rio de Janeiro had just been released in a police operation that ended with one person dead and nine detainees.
Among those arrested at the Intercontinental Hotel in São Conrado is the second man in the hierarchy of drug trafficking in the Río de Janeiro favela of Rocinha. All nine captured criminals had police records. Along with the suspects, eight rifles, five pistols, three grenades, ammunition and a laptop were seized. According with O Globo (in Portuguese) a spokesmen for the military police indicated that while the hostage-taking in the hotel is already under control, they continue searching the premises looking for other members of the band since witnesses had said that the group may have been integrated by about 20 people.
The incident began after a heavily armed group of people exchanged gunfire with police outside the compound and then entered the hotel. The spokesman for the military police, Colonel Lima Castro, said that with the siege of the hotel by the Battalion of Special Operations (BOPE), supported by helicopters, the criminals had no choice but to surrender. At the time of the invasion there were about 1 500 people at the hotel including athletes who are in town to participate in an international marathon on Sunday and professionals attending a dental medicine convention.
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